Niles acquires Garfield property

NILES — City Council accepted the donation of the Garfield Elementary School land from the Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corp. Wednesday evening.

The Garfield Elementary donation is the first project in the Niles’ demolition program which aims to “fight the blight” within the city, city officials said. The building has been vacant since 2003 and has become and health and safety hazard for the surrounding neighborhood, according to the city.

“This is a terrible building,” said councilman Al Cantola, who lives near the property. “This place has caught fire numerous times. The baggies and needles — it’s terrible. It needs to go.”

The project will begin as early as today and should be completed by mid-April, according to city officials.

It will cost taxpayers up to $20,000 to demolish the building.