Saving the Vacant and Abandoned Buildings Through Code Enforcement


The City of Cincinnati and its partner, the Port of Cincinnati, have successfully used different mechanisms to combat demolition by neglect and building vacancy citywide. This session will include an overview of the City’s Vacant Building Licensing Program, Vacant Foreclosed Property Registration, City of Cincinnati Quality of Life Division, Urban Conservator Hearings, receivership and land banking. Learn how these programs have often worked in a coordinated way to help save buildings within local historic districts, even the most forgone of properties.

CE Credits:
Jul 17, 2022 10:15 AM

Ed Cunningham

Ed Cunningham is the Deputy Director for the City of Cincinnati Department of Building and Inspections. He oversees the Property Maintenance Division which is charged with eliminating blight and building safety hazards and promotes building repair and renovation through education and enforcement to protect the public health, safety, and quality of life.

Erica Faaborg

Erica Faaborg is the Chief Counsel for the City of Cincinnati Law Department, Quality of Life Division. This division coordinates issues among City departments actively involved in addressing safety and quality of life issues critical to the stability of the community. Community Prosecution focuses on aggressively addressing blight in neighborhoods and prosecuting negligent property owners in Housing Court for building code, safety, and health violations that negatively impact their surrounding area.

Philip Denning

Philip Denning serves as Executive Vice President for The Port. He leads the Neighborhood Revitalization team, including housing development across a spectrum of affordability, the development of business districts to include community entrepreneurs, as well as the work done throughout the county to bring vacant, blighted properties back into productive use.


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