The city has been turned down for a $250,000 federal grant to rehab the Davis house, where a Worthington teenager was shot five years ago.

The city has been turned down for a $250,000 federal grant to rehab the Davis house, where a Worthington teenager was shot five years ago.

The money would have been used to purchase and fix up the house at 141 Sharon Springs Drive, where Allen Davis shot Rachael Barezinsky in August 2006.

Barezinsky, a 17-year-old cheerleader at the time, was critically injured, but survived. Davis, now 45, is serving 16 years in the Chillicothe Correctional Institute.

Davis shot at her and companions after they approached the house one night. The ramshackle house across from Walnut Grove Cemetery was frequently visited by young people as a prank.

Davis lived in the house with his mother, Sondra, at the time of the shooting. She died in the house in August 2009, after her son had been sent to prison.

The house is vacant, but was an eyesore long before the shooting landed the house in headlines. In the 1990s, the city tried to force Sondra Davis to repair the house and clean up the overgrown lawn.

She pleaded her case before the city and the Franklin County Environmental Court, claiming that the yard was purposefully left "natural" as a habitat for animals and a way of preserving indigenous plants.

Now that no one lives in the home, the city hoped to purchase it from Allen Davis. The plan called for $80,000 for the purchase, $120,000 for improvements, and $50,000 for administration.

The application was filed in December 2011 for a federal HOME program grant. The loan program is administered by Franklin County.

City spokesperson Anne Brown said the application was denied because the project did not impact enough people.

By comparison, a $250,000 loan was granted for the Commons at Livingston II, a Columbus project which will house 50 homeless veterans.

The city will continue to investigate ways to get the Davis property cleaned up, Brown said.

"We're looking into it," she said. "We're not just giving up."