Niagara Gazette

Local News

January 23, 2014

Vacant Falls home sold for $2,650 as part of new rehabilitation initiative

Niagara Gazette — Artina Deakyne is one step closer to becoming a homeowner.

The city planning board has recommended that the city council approve the sale of a vacant Memorial Parkway house to Deakyne as part of a new initiative from the city’s community development department aimed at putting tax-foreclosed properties back on the tax rolls.

Deakyne said she is excited to move forward with the restoration of the Memorial Parkway house.

“That house is an arts and crafts style house,” Deakyne said. “It still has most of the original woodwork, fixtures ... and it would be a real shame for it to just be demolished.”

Deakyne will pay $2,650 for the house and Mikelly Construction has estimated that rehabilitation will cost $70,000.

Community Development has determined that Deakyne qualifies for a $40,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development deferred home loan.

Deakyne said she realizes the risks associated with investing so much time and money into a house in a neighborhood that has seen home values fall in recent decades.

The block is lined with well-kept historic houses and has a strong block club which gives Deakyne confidence that the future of the neighborhood will be bright, she added.

“Really a lot of it is a forward view,” she said. “I’m hoping that within 10 years that’ll be the place to be in downtown Niagara Falls.”

Deakyne is required to live in the house for at least five years, submit a rehabilitation plan to community development and repair all code violations within one year of the date of sale as part of her agreement with community development.

Deakyne was one of three Niagara Falls residents to win an auction for a vacant, city-owned house this September, part of a larger effort to get vacant properties back on the tax rolls dubbed “Niagara Falls Open House” by community development.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results