October 25, 2014

Medina
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Dilapidated houses demolished

Two blighted houses on Chippewa Road at Lake Road, n Lafayette Township, are demolished on Friday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Two blighted houses on Chippewa Road at Lake Road, n Lafayette Township, are demolished on Friday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A small crowd gathers to watch the demolition Friday of the first two of three blighted houses on Chippewa Road, at Lake Road, in Lafayette Township. The third house is slated to come down Monday.

Township Trustee Lynda Bowers said the houses have been a source of aggravation for residents of the township and neighboring Chippewa Lake Village since she took office in 1998. The township took ownership of the houses last fall after they failed to sell at a sheriff’s auction.

A bank foreclosed on the property after the death in 2009 of the former owner, Ted Trikilis, CEO of PIE International.

Asked about plans for the property, Bowers said, “We’re going to landscape it with flowers and trees as an entrance to the village.”

The money to demolish the houses is coming from Medina County’s share of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Moving Ohio Forward program. The program, which is aimed at helping property owners who otherwise could not afford to tear down dilapidated houses, is funded by $75 million from a federal lawsuit settlement against the country’s largest mortgage lenders.

Behind the controls of the excavating machine that demolished the homes is Matt Schaaf, of Wooster.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.