Niagara Gazette — “You don’t want somebody to rehabilitate a home that’s going to be surrounded by nothing,” Piccirillo said.
Mayor Paul Dyster said the program could help neighborhoods that are at the “tipping point” stay on the right track.
“All of a sudden that house that is being rehabbed, not only is that house looking better, but everyone in the neighborhood feels better about their property as well,” Dyster said. “I think it’s initially going to have a very positive symbolic value.”
The city will create revenue by putting the houses back on the tax roll, but it will also save on the cost of demolitions.
And the type of people that are willing to commit to rehabilitating a house in the city will likely be civic-minded, the mayor added.
“By definition these are people that are energetic and optimistic and want to be here,” Dyster said. “They are going to be very active in protecting the neighborhoods and improving them.”With mug - NIA Piccirillo, Seth mug 072913 Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257