vacant properties http://wrvo.org en Syracuse Land Bank reports on progess in first year http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-land-bank-reports-progess-first-year <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:39:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52592 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Land Bank reports on progess in first year Syracuse Land Bank demolishes first house http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Syracuse Land Bank demolishes first house Schneiderman proposes more efforts to reduce vacant properties http://wrvo.org/post/schneiderman-proposes-more-efforts-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 http://wrvo.org Schneiderman proposes more efforts to reduce vacant properties Syracuse land bank becomes a landlord http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-land-bank-becomes-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 http://wrvo.org Land Bank law amended, counties can now buy vacant properties http://wrvo.org/post/land-bank-law-amended-counties-can-now-buy-vacant-properties <p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:44:26 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 45149 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse weighs options for taking over delinquent owner-occupied properties http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-weighs-options-taking-over-delinquent-owner-occupied-properties <p>The city of Syracuse is cracking down on property owners who don't pay taxes. But, as lawmakers prepare to vote on whether the city should seize over 100 tax delinquent properties, there are some concerns about those properties that aren't vacant.<p>The process of getting these delinquent property owners to either pay up, or risk losing their home, started last fall with the creation of the land bank. City officials hope tougher tax collections can bring millions into the city's coffers at a time when Syracuse is in financial peril. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:30:44 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41956 at http://wrvo.org Some ideas for converting urban "red fields" into "green fields" http://wrvo.org/post/some-ideas-converting-urban-red-fields-green-fields <p>Declining populations and shuttered factories have left rustbelt cities - like Buffalo or Rochester - with numerous vacant and abandoned properties. They can be old homes, former warehouses, or out-of-favor shopping centers.</p><p>Municipalities face the challenge of how to get those properties back into productive use.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:16:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41505 at http://wrvo.org Some ideas for converting urban "red fields" into "green fields" Syracuse begs Sunoco to allow the sale of three vacant gas stations http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-begs-sunoco-allow-sale-three-vacant-gas-stations <p>Syracuse officials are accusing the ownership of three vacant gas stations at a southern entrance to the city of blocking the properties' sale in the name of competition.</p><p>On Monday, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner brought in Sen. Charles Schumer to call on Sunoco to allow the sale and redevelopment of the stations near the intersection of Seneca Turnpike and East Brighton Ave.</p><p>One of the properties has been vacant more than 15 years.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:34:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39713 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse begs Sunoco to allow the sale of three vacant gas stations