MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, COMMUNITY TASK FORCE RELEASE REPORT TO ADDRESS VACANT AND ABANDONED PROPERTIES IN SOUTH BEND
Mayor Calls for 1,000 Homes to be Addressed in 1,000 Days
SOUTH BEND—Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the Members of the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force released a major Report Wednesday detailing the extent of vacant and abandoned housing in South Bend and outlining recommendations on what various levels of government and the greater community can do to revitalize city neighborhoods.
“This Report will serve as our foundation as this community rises to meet the challenge of vacant and abandoned properties,” said Mayor Buttigieg. “We have the facts and recommendations,
now it’s time for action. South Bend can meet the ambitious goal of tackling 1,000 houses in
1,000 days, but only if we all focus and work together.”
Mayor Buttigieg explained that the 1,000 properties would be addressed through a combination of demolitions and rehabilitations. The Report details how local government can measure the health of a neighborhood in order to come up with the best housing solution or reuse strategy for a given property or collection of properties.
Mayor Buttigieg stressed the ambitious goal will require support from private and non-profit partners in addition to government funded efforts to tackle the properties.
“In producing its Report, the Task Force looked around the nation for the best practices in targeted code enforcement and land banking and looked to our own community for ideas to create stronger, safer, and greener neighborhoods,” said Jim Kelly, co-chair of the Task Force with Mayor Buttigieg and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. “I am
delighted that the Administration has embraced our recommendations and launched this bold initiative to transform the abandoned property problem in South Bend.”
Preventing homes and neighborhoods from falling into complete disrepair is a key element to the Report. As a continuation of this Report, the City will develop regular progress reports about its efforts to prevent, reclaim, and renew vacant and abandoned properties and make this information freely available to the public.
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