|The derelict home|
Now, the city of Worthington wants to buy it, not because of its stigma, but because of its blight.
“It had been a long, slogging parcel of concern,” said Jeffry Harris, the city’s economic-development manager. “You get blight, vandalism ... it usually represents good bang for the buck to get government involved from a public-policy perspective.”
The city has applied for a $250,000 federal HOME Program block grant through Franklin County to buy, rehabilitate and resell 141 Sharon Springs Dr. The program is administered by the federal Housing and Urban Development agency.
|Shooter - Allen Davis after arrest|
|Victim - Rachel Barezinsky|
Rachel Barezinsky was shot in the head as the group drove away. She survived but has struggled to regain a normal life.
If granted the funds, Worthington would approach Davis and ask whether he would consider selling the home to the city, Harris said.
If he chose not to sell, the city could abandon the project and return the money. If Davis were to agree, the city would rehab it and resell it.