Out with the Old: Reutilization Corp. Clearing Out Eyesores in Belmont County


One organization is hoping to bring more beauty to the community, through the Belmont County Reutilization Corporation.

The Corporation was formed in 2014 and is headed up by Belmont County Commissioner, Ginny Favede. The group is ready to get things done now that the weather has finally broken.

“We actually just took ownership of 10 properties; Four in Martins Ferry, four in Bellaire, and two in Bridgeport,” Favede said. “We are awaiting a asbestos report from the state and once we receive that, we will be hiring contractors to tear down those particular buildings.”

This is welcomed news for the Cottello’s of Martins Ferry. They moved into this home nearly four years ago when they got married and  have put countless hours or blood, sweat, and tears into making their house a beautiful home. But the abandoned house next door has been a pain for them to deal with. They are hoping this property will make the list.

“We would like to see it tore down,” Nicole Cotello said. “The people moved; they left all their food inside. There’s roaches, snakes, cats going in and out. It’s just a big problem.”

Nicole’s husband, Chris, works to not only maintain their house and yard, but he also cuts the grass at the abandoned property so it won’t over grow into theirs.

Favede says that this land bank organization is designed to restore the beauty in your neighborhoods.

“The purpose of a land bank is the opportunity to restore neighborhoods, to remove blight, to remove run down, dilapidated homes; so it’s a wonderful opportunity for Belmont County, specifically our Bridgeport, Martins Ferry, and Bellaire areas,” Favede said.

This is great news for many of you in Belmont County, because that means if you have an eyesore in your neighborhood, the committee is on the look out and wants to do all they can to make sure that Belmont County remains a beautiful place for you and your families.

The Cottello’s already have plans to add funding into the landbank to continue the progress, by purchasing the lot if the house next door is demolished.

“We would like to purchase the property and expand our yard for our dogs,” Cotello said. “Anything is better than having that house next to us.”

Below is a listing of abandoned structures:

-542 N. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935

-810 Washington Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935

-825 N. 6th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935

-616 Crawford Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935

-1009 Howard Street, Bridgeport, OH 43912

-2 Old Cadiz Road, Bridgeport, OH 43912

-4668 Harrison Street, Bellaire, OH 43906

-4463 Franklin Street, Bellaire, OH 43906

-4168 Harrison Street, Bellaire, OH 43906

-3339 Trumbull Street, Bellaire, OH 43906

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