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Ottawa getting federal money to buy and tear down eyesore homes

Posted by wlpo on March 31, 2015

Do you have any rundown homes in your neighborhood? The city of Ottawa is getting state money to tear down abandoned houses.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority is giving Ottawa $280,000 in “Blight Reduction Funding” buy and then demolish vacant homes. The hope is to redevelop the property.

Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach says the problem with abandoned properties has increased since the recession forced homeowners to abandon their homes without being able to pay. He’s hoping the acquisition, demolition and redevelopment process will start later this year.

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