City of Dayton hopes to breathe new life into vacant properties

Vacant commercial building in Dayton (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – If you’re looking for real estate perhaps look no further than the city of Dayton.

There are hundreds of abandoned lots, buildings, and homes throughout Dayton.

In an effort to rebuild, the city is acquiring properties delinquent in taxes for at least two years from Montgomery County. It’s a part of a program called ‘Lot Links’ that started in 2010.

On Wednesday, Dayton city commissioners announced 116 properties have been acquired.

For about $1,200 in fees, anyone can apply to own empty lots popping up throughout the city, according to Bryan Taulbee a city spokesperson.

So far, Mayor Nan Whaley says the city has taken ownership of 2,000 properties.

“We’re excited to get these properties that are delinquent in taxes back into productive use for citizens to actually use, rehab, create side-lots etc.,” said Whaley.

For addresses and the application process, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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