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Public Meeting: Exploring Solutions to Vacant & Abandoned Buildings

Mayor Tkazyik and Pace University Land Use Law Center Host Strategy Sessions about City of Poughkeepsie Vacant/Abandoned Buildings 

As in many communities across the country, vacant and abandoned buildings in the City of Poughkeepsie continue to drain the energy and vitality of neighborhoods. Eyesores as well as  magnets for crime, these buildings degrade  the overall quality of life for people in the  surrounding blocks, while dragging down surrounding property values and negatively impacting rehabilitation efforts.

Public Meeting Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

What are the best ways to address this pervasive problem? To learn more about how other communities deal with blighted buildings, and to participate in a community strategy session, all are invited to attend presentations by Pace University Land Use Law Center on Tuesday, April 10th.  The public meeting will be held at Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus Street at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will entail a presentation on “Distressed Properties: Effective Public Policy Approaches.”  It will inform local leaders, partners, stakeholders, and the public of the land bank model, land management strategies, system reforms, and financial models to make it all work. A facilitated dialogue will be had, which will ask participants for recommendations, challenges and opportunities.

Invitation-only workshops/focus groups will be held on Thursday during the day. These workshops will facilitate discussions on present practices, challenges, and opportunities related to tax-foreclosed and other vacant and underutilized properties.

These presentations are made possible through funding from the Ford Foundation. For more information, call Paul Ackermann from the City of Poughkeepsie at (845) 451-4065 or Tiffany Zezula at Pace’s Land Use Law Center at (914) 422-4034.