Chicago taxpayers have spent $754,042 since 2008 boarding up and demolishing 61 homes in the roughly five square block around the church, according to an analysis by the Chicago Reporter. Overall, Chicago taxpayers have spent $31.6 million to remediate vacant properties since 2008.
But no corner of the city has been as costly as the 34th ward, which includes Roseland.
The financial burden of demolishing properties across the city has increased sharply since 2010, particularly in communities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis, the analysis found. Roughly 63 percent of that spending occurred since 2010. It’s unclear how much the city has been able to recoup from property owners.