Another blighted Blendon Township property is on its way to being rehabilitated.

Another blighted Blendon Township property is on its way to being rehabilitated.

The township recently purchased 2622 Clybourne Road. The 828-square-foot house was foreclosed on, abandoned and dilapidated, township director of development Bryan Rhoads said.

"It's an eyesore. It's a bad one," Rhoads said of the property.

The township purchased the property, valued by the Franklin County Auditor at $21,400, for $8,000 at the end of January. Rhoads said the mortgage company the township purchased the home from will put that money toward back taxes.

"This mortgage company was just kind of holding it," he said.

Rhoads said potential buyers already have expressed interest in rehabilitating the property, but if the township is unable to find a buyer for the property with the home in place, it will seek assistance from a Franklin County Treasurer's Office program to demolish homes.

That program, which will launch this spring, will allow townships to seek help from the treasurer's office in razing up to two blighted homes.

"Worst-case scenario, we'll demolish the house," Rhoads said. "If we don't get that sold, we'll look to participate in that program."

The Clybourne Road home is the third blighted property the township has looked to rehabilitate within the last two years.

In 2009, the township purchased and demolished a house at 3545 Makassar Drive. It later sold the vacant land for $13,500, and a newly built home now sits on the site.

Also in 2009, the township worked with the Franklin County Treasurer's Office to tear down a vacant home at 2835 Kilbourne Ave.

That property is still held by the same owner, but the home, which Rhoads said attracted squatters, drug users and rodents, no longer is there to draw complaints from neighbors.

Foreclosed homes provide challenges for the township because, in addition to falling into disrepair and causing problems for neighborhoods, it becomes difficult to track down the responsible owners because the deeds get passed from mortgage company to mortgage company. This was the case with the home on Clybourne Road, Rhoads said.

The properties generally also are left delinquent in their taxes, causing a loss in revenue for townships and the school districts.

In addition to removing an eyesore from the community, the township's goal in purchasing and demolishing dilapidated properties is to be able to sell them so they can once again be turned into productive, tax-generating properties.