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Demolition to start on 8 downtown Findlay buildings

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Several buildings in Findlay are scheduled to be demolished after being vacant for years.

Findlay residents say the buildings on Main Street have been an eyesore for years.

"They look bad and they're bad to have in downtown," said Kathie Lee, owner of Accelerated Auto Service. "There's a smell that comes from them – just standing water, probably."

Other nearby businesses agree.

"Nobody's been in them. [There are] probably rodents and things like that," said Barry Simmons from American Loan Mortgage Corporation. "They're just an eyesore."

Altogether, eight buildings on the 100 block of North Main are coming down, starting in August. Hancock County commissioners voted Tuesday to hire construction company Hume Supply out of Lima to handle the project.

"When these buildings get torn down by the end of September, it will open up the waterways, create a nice green space area for our community to enjoy, and that's a positive step forward," said Commissioner Brian Robertson.

Some of the buildings were never repaired after flooding in 2007. It has taken years for commissioners to set a date for the demolition. They say a previous plan just didn't make sense to them.

"Those buildings would have been demolished without a real plan for the property," Robertson said. "Now they're going to be utilized by the private sector with a plan, so that's probably a good thing for economic development."

The bulk of the funding for demolition will come from the Moving Ohio Forward grant.

Hume Supply was given 45 days to complete the project.

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