CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Glenville Community Development Corporation has been shutdown since 2015, but 20 of its properties remain in limbo, jeopardizing safety and placing a burden on taxpayers.
News 5 uncovered property records indicating the parcels, once run by the Glenville CDC, contained code violations, citations for unkempt lawns and back taxes of up to $12,000.
Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson said he was stunned to learn that no one was attending to the properties after the CDC was dissolved.
Johnson said the Glenville Development Corporation was in deep financial distress, caused in part by the 2008 housing crash and mismanagement of thousands of tax dollars.
"The board of trustees didn't keep their eye on the ball," said Johnson. "I don't think the board was forceful enough to oversee the books."
Johnson said someone from the CDC should have informed him about all the troubled properties when it was being dissolved.
Cleveland Housing Court Judge Ron O'Leary said it's up to residents, council members and community development corporation leaders to report troubled properties to his court or building inspectors.
"If it's a nuisance for the city, then they need to be taken care of quickly," said O'Leary. "It is important and the city inspectors are out in the neighborhoods proactively looking for properties. But it still is a big city with a limited number of inspectors."
News 5 attempted to reach the former Executive Director and board members with the Glenville Development Corporation in search of some answers, but so far we have been unsuccessful.
Jeff Johnson said he will be working with Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell in the coming weeks, hoping to get a status report on all of the abandoned properties.
"These hazards need to be taken care of a soon as possible," said Johnson. "Thank you for bringing these properties to my attention, I'll get my staff on the job as soon as possible."