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Abandoned buildings to be demolished in downtown Findlay

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Hancock County commissioners are utilizing state money to clean up properties in downtown Findlay that were damaged more than six years ago.

The Taurus Capital building, like many others in downtown Findlay, was damaged in a flood in 2007. Since then, the Kentucky-based owner has done nothing to repair or renovate the building.

"It's become an eyesore in the downtown," said County Commissioner Phillip Riegel. "It's something that nobody wants to see standing."

In addition to collapsed ceilings, fading façade, and plant overgrowth, the abandoned buildings bring another nuisance.

"These properties like this that are abandoned and in bad shape…have vermin staying in and around them," Riegel said.

Now, thanks to a Moving Ohio Forward grant, the Taurus Capital building and other properties on the north bank of the Blanchard River will be demolished later this month. Officials hope the open spaces will draw in new businesses, as well as help beautify downtown Findlay.

"We want to get them down and hopefully spurn some new investment," said Riegel. "But even if not, just green space would be better than what they are right now."

Demolition bids will go out to contractors Sept. 19.

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