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September 6, 2013

City weighs incentives to fill vacant homes

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• Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified structures by reducing the assessment on the value added and phasing in the assessment over a seven-year period for LEED Silver Projects, eight years for Gold and 10 years for Platinum Projects.

• The conversion of commercial/industrial property to mixed-use by reducing the assessment of the value added by 100 percent for eight years after the construction and phasing in the assessment during years nine through 12.

Meanwhile, a list of vacant homes has been developed, and the city has been working on identifying title owners and those responsible for the property, Robert Chiappisi, Oneonta code enforcement officer, said last week.

Of about 100 vacant homes, about half are abandoned, Chiappisi said. There were about 40 vacant homes when he joined the city in 2009, he said.

This summer alone, 10 homes were identified as vacant, he said. Homes may become vacant because occupants move away, are elderly and move to a nursing home or die, among other reasons, he said.

Chiappisi urged anyone who knows of a vacant property to contact him, the city manager at City Hall or the police department.

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