BOARD OF ALDERMEN APPROVES DISPOSITION OF PROPERTIES ACQUIRED THROUGH ANTI-BLIGHT ORDINANCE
(11/20/2012) The Board of Aldermen Monday voted unanimously Monday evening to approve the disposition of 129 Clay Street and 55 Dickerman Street, two properties acquired by the City in the first successful foreclosures actions under the City’s Anti-Blight Ordinance passed in 2009.
The home at 129 Clay Street was purchased by developer Gil Marshak, who intends to rehabilitate the home for use as a rental property. Marshak will pay $3,500 for the property. The Dickerman Street home will be purchased by Alejandro Sampedro and Virginia Cruz, who currently live across the street. They intend to live in the home with their four children once it has been rehabilitated. They will pay $8,000 for the home. Total rehabilitation costs for both properties have not yet been determined, but both homes will require extensive repairs.
Both homes had been vacant eyesores for many years. With the passage of the Anti-Blight Ordinance in 2009, the City gained the ability to fine nonresponsive property owners up to $100 a day. In addition, the City gained the right to perform necessary maintenance work, bill the property owner, and place a lien on the property. Prior to 2009, the City had been able to fine owners for building code violations, but had limited remedies in cases of serious blight.
Anti-blight fines and maintenance fees for 129 Clay Street totaled approximately $61,000 at the time of the foreclosure action. Among the necessary work performed by the City included removal of a dilapidated porch that posed serious safety hazards. Anti-blight fines at property maintenance liens for 55 Dickerman Street totaled approximately $68,000.
“The level of blight experienced at these two properties was unacceptable to the neighborhoods and to the City. Fortunately, the anti-blight legislation gave the City the ability to assure that these uninhabitable eyesores will soon once again be safe and affordable homes for New Haven families,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.
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