land banks en Syracuse land bank to try deconstucting old homes instead of demolishing <p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52804 at Syracuse land bank to try deconstucting old homes instead of demolishing Syracuse Land Bank reports on progess in first year <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:39:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52592 at Syracuse Land Bank reports on progess in first year Syracuse Land Bank demolishes first house <p>The Greater Syracuse Land Bank has torn down its first house. Crews demolished a vacant home just off South Salina Street on Syracuse’s Southside Monday, after the land bank determined it was deteriorated beyond repair.<br /><br />It’s the first of 25 properties slated for demolition this year, by the organization that buys dilapidated properties and either rehabs them or tears them down.&nbsp; The idea is to deal with properties that are a drag on neighborhoods and magnets for crime.<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:44:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52458 at Syracuse Land Bank demolishes first house Schneiderman proposes more efforts to reduce vacant properties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New York's attorney general wants to reduce the number of vacant properties in the state's cities by creating more land banks and a registry to track foreclosed on homes.</p><p>Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed legislation that will double the number of land banks in the state to 20. The first ten land banks, including one in Syracuse, began working over the past two years. Their mission is to seize vacant and severely tax delinquent properties and put them back on the tax rolls.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51815 at Schneiderman proposes more efforts to reduce vacant properties Syracuse land bank sells its first properties <p>With a wish of “good luck” to the new owners, the board of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank sold its first house Tuesday. The buyers of the vacant home on the 200 block of South Collingwood Ave. are Shaqir and Zahidi Halimi.</p><p>The Eastwood neighborhood home was delinquent on property taxes and seized by the land bank, one of the 88 it's taken control of so far. There are more than 3,000 vacant and delinquent properties in the city.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:34:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48366 at Syracuse land bank sells its first properties Syracuse land bank becomes a landlord <p></p><p>The Syracuse land bank became a landlord this week as part of its work to put more city land on the tax rolls.</p><p>The land bank, known formally as the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, closed on the sale of 17 properties that are vacant or owners were significantly behind on their property taxes.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:25:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45408 at Land Bank law amended, counties can now buy vacant properties <p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:44:26 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 45149 at Syracuse Common Council approves more foreclosures <p>Syracuse Common Councilors have agreed to begin foreclosure proceedings on more than two dozen addition tax delinquent properties, that will be turned over to the land bank. This is the third round of foreclosure decisions by lawmakers in the last month. But, there is an end game in sight.<br> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:51:19 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43878 at Common Council votes to turn properties over to Land Bank <p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:45:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42208 at State's land banks to get funds to help redevelop abandoned properties <p>New York state will use some of the money from last year's settlement with banks which contributed to the collapse of the housing market to help fund the state's "land banks," entities that buy and hold abandoned properties for redevelopment.<br><br>New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that a pot of $20 million will be divided up between the state's land banks for later development. Syracuse resident Hadee Rolon hopes it can help her Westside neighborhood, where well-kept properties are surrounded by boarded-up homes.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:23:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 40201 at Rochester Land Bank to try to get more properties on the tax rolls <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The City of Rochester has been given state approval to establish one of the state’s ten Land Banks. The city’s Land Bank will support the acquisition of vacant, tax-delinquent properties which will then be &nbsp;renovated and sold through the HOME Rochester program. The aim is to also get more properties back on the tax rolls. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:03:29 +0000 Kate O'Connell 34274 at Rochester Land Bank to try to get more properties on the tax rolls Report says more collaboration needed in upstate revitalization <p>More collaboration is needed between the several efforts under way to revitalize upstate New York's "legacy cities," says a report released this week by a public affairs institute. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:50:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 33411 at Syracuse approves plan to share funds with new land bank <p>The Syracuse Common Council voted Monday to give the city's newly formed land bank a loan for startup costs and to share property tax revenue so the land bank can function over the long term, but some felt the details of those plans left a lot to be desired. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:36:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30700 at Funding structure for Syracuse's land bank slightly clearer <p>It began <a href="" target="_blank">sending out foreclosure notices for the first time last month</a>, but a long-term funding source for Syracuse and Onondaga County's newly formed land bank is just starting to come into focus; though some details remain to be worked out. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:07:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30464 at Funding structure for Syracuse's land bank slightly clearer Council wants to kick-start land bank operations <p>The Syracuse Common Council has proposed loaning the newly formed city-county land bank money so it can begin operating in earnest, but questions remain on the availability of those funds. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:12:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30033 at 200 Foreclosure notices sent out Monday in Syracuse <p>A newly-established land bank sent out 200 foreclosure notices in Syracuse on Monday. The land bank is one of five approved by the state earlier this year, as part of an effort to reduce the number of neglected properties and to add to property tax rolls. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:40:08 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 29321 at State audit critical of Syracuse hiring practice <p>An audit released Thursday morning by a state oversight board is critical of a hiring practice long-used by the city of Syracuse to get around civil service requirements. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:35:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 27773 at Funding uncertain as new "land banks" move forward <p>Newly formed "land banks" in upstate New York are moving forward, despite uncertainties on just how they'll work - or be funded. The quasi-public entity in Syracuse recently presented a plan to the city to begin foreclosing on its approximately 3,900 vacant and tax delinquent properties, but there are still unanswered questions.</p><p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:11:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 26197 at Funding uncertain as new "land banks" move forward Syracuse "land bank" faces tall order: 3,300 tax-delinquent properties <p>The city of Syracuse has a new tool it hopes will reduce the number of vacant and tax-delinquent properties.</p><p>This week the state gave the OK for Syracuse and Onondaga County to create one of the first five <a href="" target="_blank">"land banks" in New York State</a>.</p><p>The new agency has plenty to work on.</p><p>There are&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">3,300 delinquent plots in the city of Syracuse alone</a>.</p><p> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:44:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 19537 at Syracuse "land bank" faces tall order: 3,300 tax-delinquent properties