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City prepares to demolish seven blighted buildings

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The city is accepting bids until Sept. 2 for contracts to demolish seven structures in its biggest effort in more than a decade to eliminate blighted buildings.

Since June, the Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety has considered demolition orders for 21 properties, scattered throughout the city.

The Columbus City Council has appropriated an additional $200,000 this year in general fund money to help with demolishing some of those buildings and will consider an additional $100,000 proposed in next year's budget.

Mayor Kristen Brown said that's all in an effort to address a backlog of properties that have generated "repeated and vociferous complaints by neighbors."

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Republic.

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