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Blight fight is working, says mayor

February 28, 2014

Mayor Ken Cockayne today announced in a press release his crackdown on blighted structures is working to help get other property owners moving to fix up their properties and comply with the orders from the City of Bristol Building Department.
“I am pleased that the absentee property owners such as banking institutions and mortgage companies are heeding our warnings and either selling or making the repairs themselves,” Cockayne said in the release, “These companies have been allowed to sit on these properties long enough, while the neighborhood around them crumbles.”
One of the first properties that the new mayor ordered demolished resulted in the homeowner making a quick sale of the property, said the press release from his office. The property on Sharon Street has been purchased and the new homeowner is in the process of fixing it up.
Another property on Newell Avenue, which was slated for demolition, is currently being rehabbed by the bank that owns the property, said the mayor’s release.
“These are just two examples of what being aggressive with respect to blight can do for our community as a whole,” Cockayne continued in the release from his office. “Once these properties are rehabbed or repaired they will help clean up the neighborhood and in the case of Sharon Street increase the property value as well.”
“I’ve let it be known to the banks and lending institutions that have contacted me that the days of holding onto their blighted properties, in the City of Bristol, has come to an end,” Cockayne said in the release. “If they have received a repair order from the chief building inspector, it has been strongly advised to either comply or sell.”
The release from his office said the mayor’s war on blight continues, and he urged all Bristol residents who may be concerned about a structure in their neighborhood to contact his office or the Building Department at City Hall.

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