NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (July 21, 2022) – Tuscarawas County’s economic development office is getting ready to start distributing almost a half million dollars to help local communities tear down their eyesores.
Director Scott Reynolds planned to send out letters this week to the municipalities that requested a share of the nearly $490,000 the county is getting from the Ohio Department of Development, which is now requiring historical information on the buildings the money will be used to demolish.
“Because along with the grant agreement they sent a thing that they want filled out that had they provided it sooner we’d have already done this but they haven’t so we’re going to submit those to the locals and they’re going to have to run down that information for the clearance through the historic preservation office.”
Reynolds says the county was able to cancel its original application for just under $400,000 from February and submit a new one that included a few more projects and came closer to the $500,000 the agency set aside for each county.
“A lot of other places must’ve had the same situation because there was a lot that didn’t use their initial set-aside, so they reopened it.”
The first application included 15 demolition projects in Dover, New Philadelphia, Dennison, and Newcomerstown. The eight additions were properties in New Phila, Barnhill, and Uhrichsville. The county commissioners signed the revised grant agreement Monday.