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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – December 9, 2016

Written by on December 9, 2016

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list!

Block in the historic Corn Hill Neighborhood in Rochester, NY (Credit: Chelsea Allinger for Center for Community Progress, 2014)

Block in the historic Corn Hill Neighborhood in Rochester, NY (Credit: Chelsea Allinger for Center for Community Progress, 2014)

National

Plywood substitute for vacant houses gets national backer  
“[Fannie Mae] announced in early November that it will reimburse owners of vacant properties for the cost difference between the cheaper plywood and a polycarbonate material known as clearboarding.”
Rachel Kaufman | Next City | November 22, 2016

Illinois

4,000 vacant lots on sale for $1 to Chicago homeowners
“An effort to curb Chicago’s vacant lot epidemic by repurposing the parcels as gardens and for other residential uses, the large lots program launched in 2014 in Greater Englewood and East Garfield Park, and expanded last year into other South and West side neighborhoods. More than 550 lots have been sold since the program’s inception.”
Robert Channick | Chicago Tribune | November 28, 2016

Land bank’s foreclosure sales helping stabilize neighborhoods
“The house is one of 230 properties, nearly all residential, that the land bank has sold to rehabbers since late 2015, according to a report the organization’s officials compiled for Crain’s. Together, the 230 make up “a really good effort to help our neighborhoods get restabilized,” said Diane Limas, a longtime rental-housing activist who is part of Roots (Renters Organizing Ourselves to Stay).” 
Dennis Rodkin | Crain’s Chicago Business | November 22, 2016

Indiana

County will take inventory of blighted sites
“Representatives of the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development will be canvassing neighborhoods in 13 boroughs and townships through April to create an inventory of blighted properties. When completed, the planning office will compile reports on the status of blight in each of the municipalities.” 
Chauncey Ross | Indiana Gazette | November 30, 2016

Michigan

‘Agrihood’ project focuses on farm-to-table in Detroit  
“Officials at a farm operation in the city’s north end unveiled a partnership Wednesday that will help transform a long-vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe to anchor its growing agricultural campus.” 
Christine Ferretti | The Detroit News | December 1, 2016

Missouri

New Kansas City housing project aims to help homeless vets and restore blighted properties 
“A million-dollar housing project in Kansas City is being built to achieve two things: get homeless veterans permanent housing and restore blighted, abandoned properties in the urban core. ”
Lisa Rodriguez | KCUR 89.3 | November 23, 2016

New Jersey

West Milford developing abandoned home registry 
“The attorney general’s latest effort to combat zombie properties — vacant or abandoned homes foreclosed upon by a bank that are not maintained, pocking neighborhoods with blight — comes in the form of his Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative, which is offering the grants to municipalities so they can step up code enforcement actions, track and monitor vacant properties, and begin enforcement actions to ensure that banks and mortgage lenders engaged in foreclosure proceedings comply with local and state law.” 
David M. Zimmer | northjersey.com | November 29, 2016

New York

Shining a light on cities’ abandoned buildings, from the inside out  
“The attorney general’s latest effort to combat zombie properties — vacant or abandoned homes foreclosed upon by a bank that are not maintained, pocking neighborhoods with blight — comes in the form of his Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative, which is offering the grants to municipalities so they can step up code enforcement actions, track and monitor vacant properties, and begin enforcement actions to ensure that banks and mortgage lenders engaged in foreclosure proceedings comply with local and state law.” 
Jane Gottlieb | The New York Times | November 25, 2016

Wisconsin

$2 million grant will help rehabilitate Sherman Park homes
“For the past 30 years, Lawrenceville Corporation has been focused on attracting investment to Pittsburgh. Now that Google, Uber and Apple have all moved into the city — just one sign of Steel City’s renewed prosperity — Nusser’s CDC is participating in a major effort to improve affordable housing: the Greater Pittsburgh Community Land Trust (GPCLT).” 
Mary Spicuzza | Journal Sentinel | November 23, 2016

And, Lastly, a Blight Bright Spot!

Credit: KCTV 5

Credit: KCTV 5

Murals aim to stop vandals from targeting vacant Scarritt Elementary School
“A vacant school building can prove a tempting target for all kinds of trouble. But now, a Kansas City neighborhood is using art to combat crime at the old Scarritt Elementary building that has been hit by vandals for years.” 
Chris Oberholtz and Lisa D’Souza | KCTV 5 | December 2, 2016

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