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Land bank seeks grants for projects: Requests include razing former bar, vacant church

Lawrence County’s land bank is seeking grants from the county commission for use toward demolishing two non-residential structures in the county.

County Treasurer Stephen Dale Burcham, who serves as the land bank’s president, appeared at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lawrence County Commission, where he gave a report on the work of both his office and the land bank.

Burcham said, to date, the land bank has torn down 180 structures.

“If everything goes according to plan, we’ll have 240 down by the end of the year.”

Burcham made the request for the non-commercial structures, which he said included Shenanigan’s bar in Ironton, as well as a vacant church on South Fifth Street, which has not been used in more than 20 years.

The land bank has demolished one non-residential structure to date, the former Pulley Nursing Home in South Point.

Burcham also provided the commission with a summary of the first half of tax collections for the year, which he said totaled more than $24 million, up from $16 million last year.

“It was a tremendous year,” Burcham said, noting the funds go to county schools. “We’d like to thank the county for being so diligent in paying the taxes and educating our children.”