OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - They’re coming down in different parts of the city. Finally. Derelict properties that haunt almost every neighborhood. Neighbors have a front-row seat.
“And I'm like, 'Wow!' And all the glass was breaking, making noise...I think he's had a lot of practice do that. Brave. He was very brave,” said Bethany Anderson and Jennifer Gerou.
The buildings are being taken down by the Ogdensburg Land Bank. Ten are coming down this month. It has a $600,000 grant in hand to do the work.
“Because demolitions tend to be very expensive for public entities, the city or the land bank, the city has not historically been able to do this amount at one time,” said
Andrea Smith, Ogdensburg Land Bank executive director.
Ultimately, the land bank wants to sell the properties to willing buyers.
The land bank may start a program so adjoining property owners can buy some of them.
“The long-term goal is to get these properties back into productive reuse and on the tax roll in some way, shape or form,” said Smith.
The Ogdensburg City Council fostered creation of the land bank. It now operates as a separate entity.
“Some of these homes are in very poor condition that are not good for the neighbors. They're not good for the neighborhood. They're not good for our image,” said Jennifer Stevenson, Ogdensburg city councilor.
The land bank can also rehab properties with its grant money. Properties remain tax exempt until the land bank sells them.