Ogdensburg may seek $150,000 grant to help clean up zombie properties
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 8:35 am

OGDENSBURG – City Council will meet Monday beginning with an executive session before acting on several resolutions including an application for a $150,000 grant to help fight blight in the city.

The council will take action on a resolution that would allow the city to seek funds for a round two of the zombie grants fund.

If awarded the funding would support programs to improve homeowner retention and one-to-four family housing vacancy and property distress prevention with an emphasis on zombie property prevention and enforcement.

The funding could be used to help the city continue work with the newly established land bank, which is being used to help remediate and demolish properties to make them more marketable.

Zombie properties are those that are in foreclosure and owned by a bank, but due to legal loopholes municipalities have little recourse to make the banks bring them up to code.

Council is also expected to set a hearing date to finalize an agreement that would allow the Everything 4 Entertainment to host a two-day concert at the former Diamond National site.

Other action items on the agenda include a groundwater testing agreement for the city’s former Shade Roller site, a property sale and amendment to a lease agreement with New Cingular Wireless.