Local Officials to learn about new Zombie Property Laws, Land Banks & Funding
SCHOHARIE, NY. October 20, 2016. Housing is an essential part of a healthy community. Vacant properties continue to negatively impact the quality of life in our communities and undermine the strength of our local economies. Tax and mortgage foreclosures, absentee owners, a declining population and other factors all contribute to the growing problem statewide.
Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) Development along with Schoharie County Planning and Development, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, The City of Rome, the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District and Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful are pleased to host a Zombie Property and Land Bank workshop for local leaders, planning commission, zoning board, and code enforcement officials as well as interested members of the public. The workshop will occur on November 10, 2016 in the Basement Meeting Room of the Schoharie County Office Building located at 284 Main Street, Schoharie NY.
Attendees will learn about different methods of handling zombie properties and blighted buildings that have fallen into disrepair. The newly formed Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank is preparing to assist Schoharie and surrounding counties with the rehabilitation of of properties such as these. Information about new state legislation and funding will also be covered.
“The better Schoharie County prepares ourselves with the right data and plans for shovel ready projects, the more funds we’ll be able to access as they are released from the Attorney General’s office and other sources,” states Schoharie County Senior Planner Shane Nickle.
“Working together with local code enforcement and the land bank we hope to identify and help reverse the negative effects of blight on communities in our region,” Tolga Morawski of the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank and Mohawk Valley Economic Development District reports.
In addition to land bank and zombie property options, information about the Clean Energy Communities Program will also be covered. Presenters include representatives from the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful & the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank, Dan Sullivan and Tolga Morawski and Mark Domenico, Director of Codes for the City of Rome.
To register please email Jerrine Corallo, SALT Development Project Director: JerrineC@SALTDevelopment.org or call (518) 702-5017.
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