Push to Resolve City's Property Crisis

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM EDT

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Push to Resolve City's Property Crisis

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Problem properties and neighborhoods in Buffalo are not uncommon.

In an effort to help fix Buffalo's property crisis, the Common Council adopted a number of resolutions that strengthen property enforcement, and expedite the process in which problem properties are dealt with.

The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by University District Council Member Bonnie Russell stating the Council’s commitment to working with the City of Buffalo’s Administration, Department of Law, Department of Public Works, Department of Permits and Inspection Services, Housing Court Officials, and neighborhood residents to thoroughly review Chapter 341 of the City Code with the goal of strengthening the City’s property maintenance ordinances.

Chapter 341 of the City’s Code is one of the City’s primary tools for dealing with problem properties and it imposes certain duties upon property owners, occupants and persons having charge of lands relating to standards of maintenance, and upon certain City officials relating to enforcement.

The Council also adopted a resolution sponsored by Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana declaring a problem property crisis in the City of Buffalo.

The goal is to explore new ways to supplement, strengthen, expedite, and/or streamline the process by which problem properties, property owners, tenants and mortgagees are dealt with, and creating a Common Council Special Committee on Problem Properties to provide a venue for citizens, community groups, and government officials to discuss problem property issues in the City of Buffalo.

The full report from Tuesday's Council session can be found in related content.