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<br /> <br /> <br />CSB <br />ITY OF OUTH END <br />PB,M <br />ETE UTTIGIEG AYOR <br />OM <br />FFICE OF THE AYOR <br /> <br />FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <br />February 27, 2013 <br />Contact: Mike Schmuhl <br />Phone: 574-235-9261 <br /> <br /> <br />MAYOR BUTTIGIEG, COMMUNITY TASK FORCE RELEASE REPORT TO <br />ADDRESS VACANT AND ABANDONED PROPERTIES IN SOUTH BEND <br /> <br />Mayor Calls for 1,000 Homes to be Addressed in 1,000 Days <br /> <br />SOUTH BENDMayor Pete Buttigieg and the Members of the Vacant and Abandoned <br />Properties Task Force released a major Report Wednesday detailing the extent of vacant and <br />abandoned housing in South Bend and outlining recommendations on what various levels of <br />government and the greater community can do to revitalize city neighborhoods. <br /> <br />eport will serve as our foundation as this community rises to meet the challenge of vacant <br />and abandoned properties, said Mayor Buttigieg. We have the facts and recommendations, <br />tackling 1,000 houses in <br /> <br /> <br />Mayor Buttigieg explained that the 1,000 properties would be addressed through a combination <br />of demolitions and rehabilitations. The Report details how local government can measure the <br />health of a neighborhood in order to come up with the best housing solution or reuse strategy for <br />a given property or collection of properties. <br /> <br />Mayor Buttigieg stressed the ambitious goal will require support from private and non-profit <br />partners in addition to government funded efforts to tackle the properties. <br /> <br />In producing its Report, the Task Force looked around the nation for the best practices in <br />targeted code enforcement and land banking and looked to our own community for ideas to <br />create stronger, safer, and greener neighborhoods, said Jim Kelly, co-chair of the Task Force <br />with Mayor Buttigieg and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. I am <br /> <br /> <br />1400C-CB227W.JBSB,I46601 <br /> OUNTYITY UILDING EFFERSON OULEVARD OUTH END NDIANA <br />P574/235-9261F574/235-9892TTD574/235-5567 <br />HONE AX <br /> <br />