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July 2, 2014

Land bank to rehabilitate three city properties

Tonawanda News — The Erie County Land Bank will acquire, rehabilitate and sell three abandoned City of Tonawanda properties, Legislator Kevin Hardwick announced in a statement Tuesday.

The Erie County Legislature approved a resolution last week that will allow the county to enter into an agreement with the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation — a step that is necessary for the bank to acquire the properties.

The land bank will take over 585 Morgan St., 272 Kohler St. and 465 Broad St. In total, the three properties have tax liens of more than $61,134 in city and county taxes.

“These properties have been an eyesore for some time and have been a concern of the neighbors. Through the county’s Land Bank we can address the issues surrounding abandoned properties. By rehabilitating the property, the county returns it to the tax roll, which is a benefit to the entire community,” Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda, said. “There is a lot more work to be done but this is an encouraging beginning.”

Once the properties are sold, any proceeds will be given to the county.

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