'Rust to Green' reps discuss zombie properties in Utica

At a forum at the West Side Senior Center on Wednesday, representatives with the Rust to Green New York Action Research initiative updated the public about the steps the city of Utica is taking to address zombie properties.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 1:48 AM
Updated: Nov 29, 2018 8:58 AM

UTICA, N.Y. – At a forum at the West Side Senior Center on Wednesday, representatives with the Rust to Green New York Action Research Initiative updated the public about the steps the city of Utica is taking to address zombie properties.

The initiative not only aims to combat zombie properties, but also to prevent homes from being abandoned.

The organization says after working with the water authority, they found that there are nearly 200 properties that have not had water service in over a year.

Banks that own the properties are legally responsible for maintaining them or they can be fined up to $500 a day, per property.

Derek Crossman, Rust to Green Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, says the organization now has more resources to combat the issue.

“I think we’re in a better position now and the law gives the city more tools to take care of these zombie properties,” Crossman said.

Crossman says there may not be a complete fix to the ongoing issue of zombie properties, but the organization’s research could help to cut down on the amount of zombie properties in the area.

For more on how you can report zombie properties in your neighborhood click here.

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