WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership was honored Wednesday night with an award from the Ohio Community Development Association.

Since 2014, it has demolished over 275 blighted houses within the City of Warren and outlying areas of Trumbull County.

The group turned those lots into community gardens, public housing space or offered them to neighboring properties for expansion.

It still has about 1,000 more houses to demolish.

Shawn Carvin, with the Trumbull County Land Bank says closing steel mills, depopulation and the foreclosure crisis are the reasons for so many vacant houses.

“I think to bring Warren back to what it used to be, demolition is a needed tool. It’s not the only tool to bring the city back, but it is needed to do it equitably and strategically.”

Carvin says they will continue to work to improve neighborhoods in Trumbull County. Demolition of blighted house is set to continue until 2020.