Akron Property Survey to Begin May 19
City of Akron Press Release
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Akron, Ohio (May 14, 2014) - Starting Monday, May 19, the City of Akron will conduct a survey aimed at determining the number of vacant residential structures in the municipality and the condition of all properties in the city.
The citywide survey, which will be coordinated by Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute and conducted by the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC), will cover approximately 90,000 parcels and take about three months to complete. The goal of the study is to provide City officials with information that can be used to prioritize what structures should be demolished with available funds and to determine the need for additional demolition funding.
The City will also be able to use the results to help plan for the re-use of vacant land.
Those conducting the survey will work during normal business hours and will be dressed in bright green vests. Thriving Communities is the urban revitalization arm of the nonprofit Land Conservancy and works to revitalize cities throughout the state.
The surveyors will work in teams of two and gather information while on sidewalks and public rights-of-way.
Project officials said the survey will quantify the current need for demolition in Akron and assist the city in accessing the nearly $60 million in demolition funding available to Summit County through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Funds.
“We are looking forward to helping the City of Akron assess all of its properties and secure the funding its neighborhoods deserve,” said Jim Rokakis, director of Thriving Communities Institute.
“The foreclosure crisis hit Akron hard, but we are a tough city, we survived it and we remain strong,” noted EANDC President and CEO Grady Appleton. “This study is critical to determine our next steps. We are happy to partner with the City of Akron and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute to gather this important information.”
Anyone with questions about the survey can contact Chris Norman, EANDC’s Director of Urban Planning, at (330) 962-7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Western Reserve Land Conservancy
From the countryside to the city, Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides northern Ohio with natural places that nourish and support vibrant and prosperous communities by identifying, preserving, restoring and maintaining essential assets like clean water, working farms, wildlife areas and parks. To date, the Land Conservancy has preserved 533 properties and 38,494 acres in northern and eastern Ohio, and its Thriving Communities Institute is working statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. The Land Conservancy is based in Moreland Hills and has field offices in Cleveland, Akron, Medina, Oberlin, Chardon and Orrville.
About the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
Founded in 1982, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) improves communities by providing quality and affordable housing, comprehensive homeownership services and economic development opportunities such as Middlebury Market Place. In the past 30 years, EANDC has built more than 596 housing units, rehabbed another 15,860 units and manages a stable of more than 700 rental units. For more information, call (330) 773-6838.
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