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Residents of East Side neighborhood vent concerns at tonight's meeting



Published: Tue, March 25, 2014 @ 11:07 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

A woman who lives in the Lincoln Knolls section of the East Side spent several years investing some of her money into maintaining a vacant parcel next door to her with the intention of buying the lot.

Her plans were thwarted, however, when an out-of-state entity bought the property instead.

Her situation represents what many city residents say occurs too often: People from out of the area buy properties but fail to maintain or pay the taxes on them.

The woman, who didn’t wish to give her name, expressed her frustration during Tuesday’s Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. meeting at the East Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 430 Early Road.

She was part of a standing-room-only crowd of about 60 elected officials and residents who attended the latest in a series of one-hour gatherings throughout the city. The sessions are to collect people’s input, feedback, assessments and priorities for achieving neighborhood stabilization, organizers said.

The meeting focused on the East Side’s Lincoln Knolls, Lincoln Park/Hazleton, McGuffey Heights and East High sections.

Read more about the discussion in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


Comments

1Ianacek(909 comments)posted 6 months ago

Whipping up hysteria about non local property owners at these YNDC meetings betrays an agenda . What about all the blighted properties investors have fixed up - at their own expense .
YNDC should do research and get statistics . In my neighborhood , the main problem property is one an owner occupier walked away from 6 years ago & no property tax paid since. It has twice attracted drug dealing squatters who had to be removed by police . In any normal City , it would have long ago been sold for the taxes .
Code inspection can play a role too in getting blighted property on the market so it can find a new owner who will restore it , but don't just single out investors for punishment .

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