Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Since 2012, the city of Columbus has torn down more than 1,000 vacant houses to improve neighborhoods.

But the city is having trouble developing the lots.

One goal was to rebuild single family homes, but that’s only happened a few dozen times. One reason is the process is tough for average home buyers to navigate.


Four years ago, the city tore down a blighted house at 142 Dakota Avenue. These days, the Franklinton lot has new life thanks to a charming, brand new two-story home with a covered front porch. Friendly flowers and manicured shrubs fill a front garden. Inside, it displays bold artwork and dynamic furniture.

Zach Reau loves his decor, particularly the yellow chair in the living room. He decided to purchase the house about three years ago after facing rising rents for apartments.

“I felt like owning a home would mean I wasn’t just throwing my money away, that I was building equity,” Reau says.

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