Blighted property on Rose Street cleared by city

rose street.6 rose street.1 rose street.3 rose street.4 rose street.5Mayor Ken Cockayne yesterday announced in a press release the city has torn down another blighted property in the City of Bristol.

The property at 41 Rose St. in Bristol had been condemned by the city Building Department and the property owner was given ample time to comply with the order to clean up the property, said the press release from the mayor’s office.

“I am pleased as to the progress we are making in this war on blight in our community,” Cockayne said, according to the release, “For years; these properties have been allowed to deteriorate while the city hesitated to aggressively address the problem.”

The release from his office said the mayor made combating blight a cornerstone of his campaign last fall and “has kept his word that he intended to be more assertive in combating the problem.”

“Our effort to remove blighted properties in our city has resulted in several property owners taking out permits to fix up their properties,” Cockayne said in the release.

“The most serious offenders to our blight problems are the banks who have foreclosed on some of these properties and have let the properties sit vacant and become an eyesore to their neighborhoods,“ Cockayne added, according to his release. “I am hopeful that these out of town banks and mortgage companies get the message soon that we will not allow this practice to continue.”

In his press release, the mayor urged any Bristol resident who is under order to clean up their property to work with the Building Department to comply with the order.