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Vacant Eyesore Hurting Home Values
DAYTON -- A Dayton man has all but given up on trying to sell his home because of a rundown, vacant house right across the street. The Dayton Housing Inspection Department says there are 1,400 similar properties in the city, but only certain ones will be cleaned up.
"This is a pretty house. If it was somewhere else, it would be worth some money but here, it's nearly worthless because of what's around," said Dayton resident Don Valence.
Valence has lived on Helena Street his entire life. He and his wife still live in his mom's former home on the corner, right across the street from a vacant eyesore.
"Nearly anytime we tell someone where we live, that's the first thing they say. They don't say, 'Oh you live across from the park, they say, oh you live across from the house on the corner.' Yeah, that's where we live," he said.
Valence has tried to sell his house, but he hasn't had any luck. Since then, the view from his front yard has only gotten worse.
"I'm surprised the house hasn't caved in," he said.
Valence says the neighborhood has improved. For years there were panhandlers standing on every corner at Helena Street and Riverside Drive. A new city ordinance got them out, but the eyesore remains.
"Maybe by the time I retire, they'll tear it down, maybe," he said.
According to Montgomery County property records, the owner of the eyesore lives in Xenia. We went to his home, but no one was there and no furniture was inside.
Dayton building inspectors say the home is on the city's list of nuisance properties, but that's not necessarily a guarantee it'll get torn down because it hasn't become a public hazard.
The city won't say which properties on the nuisance list are slated for future demolition. But if you are concerned about a property in your neighborhood, call the building inspection department for your city.
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