Park district planning to turn grime to green PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:42
216 East Broadway will be turned into a green space by the end of this year. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A dilapidated house in North Baltimore will be converted to green space by the end of the year.
Wood County Park District commissioners voted in a special meeting Monday to acquire 216 E. Broadway St. for $8,500. The .14-acre property situated near the south end of the Slippery Elm Trail consists of a small lot and a two-story home in disrepair.
While reviewing photos for commissioners, Director Neil Munger said he was approached separately by several village residents who asked whether the park district might acquire and raze the home because of its proximity to the trail.
“There was quite a bit of public input into this, asking if we’d be interested into doing something with this house,” Munger said. “Again, most of the people I talked to were saying it was just in rough shape and really kind of an eyesore.”
The Wood County Auditor’s website lists the property with an appraised value of $18,800. It is currently registered to the Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae.
Click image to enlarge view of 216 E. Broadway in North Baltimore. Property is highlighted in yellow. (From Wood County Auditor's website)
Munger said he hasn’t sought any estimates on the cost to clear the property, but he expects that figure to be “very workable,” possibly around $18,000. He said funds are available in the 2013 capital improvements budget to do the work by the end of the year.
Munger said he would speak with firefighters to determine if the home could be burned down during a training exercise, as was done previously with property the park district bought near William Henry Harrison Park in Pemberville, though that may not be an option as this home is near the center of the village.
“It’s very apparent that this is an eyesore, and it detracts from our property there,” said board chair Bob Callecod.
“I think there is a real possibility” the property could languish if acquired by someone else, he added.
The Slippery Elm Trail is a 13-mile asphalt trail running between Bowling Green and North Baltimore that opened in 1995.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:19

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