Ohio town denied grant to rehab 'spooky' house


WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- A Columbus suburb has lost out on a $250,000 federal grant it applied for to take over a home where a "ghost-hunting" teen was shot in the head several years ago.

Worthington applied for the grant through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to buy, fix up and resell what Rachel Barezinsky and her friends called "the spooky house." Barezinsky survived the August 2006 shooting at the house. Her family told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/yzC1nh ) that she has mostly recovered.

The home owner, Allen Davis, was convicted in the shooting and sentenced to prison time. He has said he didn't mean to hurt anyone but considered Barezinsky and her friends trespassers for sneaking around outside.

In their grant application, city officials called the vacant home a "marker of blight" and said they wanted to fix it up.

Mark Paxson, HUD grants administrator for Franklin County, said too much of the requested funding -- $50,000 -- would go to administration costs. The application also scored lower than others because it didn't include matching funds or serve enough residents.

Jeffry Harris, the town's economic development manager, said the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission helped with the application and recommended the amount of overhead costs. He said the city has no more plans for the property.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com