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Blitz on Blight Goes Digital with 239 Property Listings

Blitz on BlightDES MOINES, IOWA — Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 – Efforts to improve Des Moines neighborhoods and remove abandoned and dilapidated structures have moved into the digital age. Blitz on Blight a neighborhood revitalization effort fueled by revenue from the Local Option Sales & Service Tax, can now be tracked online thanks to a new interactive map and digital dashboard designed by the City’s Information Technology Department.

"This is a wonderful new tool for residents, neighborhood associations and City staff," said SuAnn Donovan, neighborhood inspection zoning administrator. "By connecting to this program, visitors can learn everything they need to know about houses in the Blitz on Blight program, helping us improve Des Moines neighborhoods."

Blitz on Blight dashboardThe Blitz on Blight digital program provides an interactive map of all Des Moines properties that have been declared a public nuisance. The color-coded legend categorizes the properties and where they are in the Blitz on Blight process. A house is added following the first inspection and is updated as it moves from legal action, rehabilitation or demolition. A simple click provides a photo of each property, the address and its status. 

The Blitz on Blight dashboard also includes a list of completed demolitions and the estimated cost to the City – currently there have been 25 Blitz on Blight demolitions totaling $686,456 since the program launched in 2019.

"Blitz on Blight and our commitment to improving Des Moines neighborhoods took a huge leap forward last year with the approval of the Local Option Sales Tax," Donovan said. "In 2020, our goal is to remove 100 abandoned properties or four times the number of last year. Thanks to this new digital program, we can now provide the public a firsthand account of what’s happening in their neighborhoods and the progress being made."

 If there are questions regarding a structure after viewing the map please contact staff at (515) 283-4046 or

Al Setka 
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office  
(515) 283-4057

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