All About Richland

Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part Two

7 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the second in our current Solutions Journalism series focusing on the Westinghouse Building on Fifth Street in downtown Mansfield.

The photos we posted yesterday can be read in connection with the information we present today. Our goal is not to promote a specific end, but instead we hope to share a reminder that opportunity exists in almost every situation. These powerful economics tools have been used across Ohio and the country for remarkable community development. They can also capture resources that cannot be replicated.

Below is information on resources for the rescue and rehabilitation for significant pieces of Ohio history. These financial incentives have been used extensively, but unfortunately only to a limited extent in Richland County:

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All About Richland, Solutions Journalism

Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part One

6 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

“Solutions Journalism” is a buzz word in certain media circles these days, both close to home and far afield.

In a nutshell, the concept can be described as a purposeful attempt to focus on what the news misses most often, according to the Solutions Journal Network. The goal is to identify “…how people are trying to solve problems and what we can learn from their successes or failures.”

That particular facet of local journalism has actually been around for quite some time. It is only recently, however, that it has acquired this new name.

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All About Richland

Can Churches Help To Ease The Affordable-Housing Shortage?

20 Sep , 2021  

This recent piece in Governing is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here

By Rick Reinhard, Governing, September 9, 2021

Many houses of worship own empty and underused buildings and land. Cities and counties need properties for affordable housing. Seems like a match made in, well, heaven.

But matchmaking between houses of worship and local governments is not quite so simple. Houses of worship can be frustrating, sometimes almost impossible, to work with. Members tend to be elderly and get stuck on what their church, synagogue or other house of worship used to be, not on what it currently is. Convoluted management structures are common in the religious world, meaning that a congregation, pastor, trustees, bishop and sometimes even a regional body may need to be on board to approve a sale or redevelopment project. Cemeteries requiring perpetual care may be part of the property, and deeds may include reversionary clauses, returning the property to original owners (even from the 19th century) if the property is used for anything but religious services.

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Challenges. Solutions.

Building A Future Through Land Banks

13 Aug , 2021  

A post in 1812Blockhouse’s Challenges. Solutions. series

The Richland County Land Bank has been in the news again recently in relation to the former Westinghouse property on the east side of downtown Mansfield.

While that structure may be the largest to date to be a focus of attention by the Land Bank, the entity has dealt with dozens of houses and commercial buildings in its short history. In so doing, it has established policies and procedures which guide its operations.

Those guidelines connect the Richland County Land Bank to many of its counterparts around the Buckeye State, with an emphasis on removal of properties and the attempted resale of resulting vacant lots. That direction carries with it a certain set of assumptions and leaves a set of challenges.

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Challenges. Solutions.

51 Older Ohio Buildings Receive Tax Credits For Renovation

5 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the first post in our new Challenges. Solutions. series. Through these posts, we will be looking at how other communities — in Ohio and elsewhere — are tackling some of the social issues that are faced by Richland County cities, villages, and rural areas.

We will lead off with posts looking at economic development challenges that are being met in creative and effective ways, and in particular the paths to downtown and neighborhood revitalization.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit is no stranger to Mansfield or Richland County. A limited number of projects at Fifth & Walnut, North Main Street, and Park Avenue West have received the credit over the last several years. More…

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