Blighted properties reviewed by city

The city blighted property review board voted Wednesday to list a city property as blighted and give another property owner more time to complete a rehabilitation.

In a public hearing Wednesday on Zoom, the four board members listened as city codes enforcement officials and property managers described the conditions of the houses at 510 Rural Ave. and 928 High St.

The board deliberated privately in an executive session and returned to make a decision.

Patrick Marty, board chairman; Tony Nardi, Jennifer Wilson and Anne MacDonald, decided the house on Rural Avenue was blighted.

They also decided the High Street property owners could be given nine months to make improvements.

The owner of 510 Rural Ave., Dale Adams, was not at the meeting. The house can be seized and either razed or sold to a developer to rehabilitate, according to Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

The rental property on High Street has been making progress, he said.

There were worse conditions after a fire in 2017, he said.

Jonathan Yu, the property owner, said he and another man are steadily been making some improvements.

The property will be revisited by codes inspection in nine months and the report turned over to the committee.


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