Toledo officials have new legislation to assist in tearing down the empty properties across Toledo neighborhoods.
Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman will outline Friday 3 p.m. how the Neighborhood Safety Act will help fund the city demolish about 100,000 abandoned buildings. As city governments have limited funds for these projects, the congressman claimed this act will provide cities such as Toledo a way to tap into-additional funds for demolition projects.
Other Democratic House Representatives have introduced another bill associated with the new legislation. Democratic Representatives David Joyce, Marcy Kaptur, and Marcia Fudge.
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz, Deputy Chief of Toledo Police Department Don Kenney, and Chief Luis Santiago of Fire Department plan to attend the press conference at 1847 Chase St.
A body was recovered in July in an abandoned north Toledo home on 483 East Streicher. Autospy results confirmed the body was that of 22-year-old Christian Snow-Veley who was reported missing few months ago. Authorities are investigating this as a homicide.
This month WNWO talked to residents who complained about a handful of vacant homes used as drug hotspots. Residents in the 400 block of East Park Street in central Toledo have complained the boards have been removed from the house and dozens of empty beer cans have been scattered on the porch.