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October 28, 2013

Council OKs sale of Seventh Street properties to housing nonprofit

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"To me I think it's a good thing to get rid of the properties that's been vacant," he said.

Housing Visions representatives appeared before council at the Oct. 15 council meeting, giving basic outlines for their plans. The apartments would be rented to people of varying income levels. Eligibility to rent the apartments will be income based and the agency will conduct searches for criminal background, credit history reports and sex offender registration and require landlord references.

The agency is hoping to attract employees of the nearby Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

Seth Piccirillo, the director of the city's Community Development department, said that the agency will now be able to work on a site plan to present to the city's planning board.

"This was a big step for the city end," Piccirillo said.

Piccirillo said he hopes city voters will see the value that the agency can create by turning vacant land and buildings into taxable property.

"The difference between sale and taxes and demolition is sizable," Piccirillo said.

Piccirillo said his department is planning a meeting for November and will be using social media to distribute information on the project.

"We've just got to continue to talk to the community and move forward," Piccirillo said.

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