Three Middleburg Heights nuisance homes finally face demolition

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Homes on three nuisance properties in Middleburg Heights are getting closer to demolition after nearly a one-year process to get rid of them.

City Council last December voted to pursue razing homes at 7640 and 7705 Eastland Road, as well as one at 19685 Sheldon Road.

The Finance Committee at its Monday (Oct. 5) meeting recommended approval of a $56,350 appropriation to cover demolition costs. City Council is anticipated to pass legislation authorizing the expense during the Oct. 13 council meeting.

It has taken a long time to get to this point, with hearings held throughout the year with the property owners. One owner failed to appear before the city’s Nuisance Abatement Board, which consists of the law director, service director, finance director and the mayor’s executive assistant.

“It didn’t seem they had the cash flow to be able to maintain the property or even get

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University Heights preparing programs to help residents as predicted foreclosure crisis nears

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — City Council will consider a series of programs in which federal CARES Act money would go towards helping keep people in their homes in what is expected to be a coming time of housing crisis, and to keep small businesses afloat.

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During an online Zoom council meeting held Monday (Sept. 21), Economic Development Director Susan Drucker and City Planner Brendan Zak told council about programs to help residents and business owners who find themselves in financial difficulty due to the coronavirus. The programs would assist small business owners, those needing help paying their mortgage or rent, and provide money for paying utility bills.

The goal is to put local help in place before the federal moratorium on foreclosures and evictions expires at year’s end.

Finance Director Dennis Kennedy said University Heights has received a total of $698,000 in CARES Act money, and has hopes

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