Branford’s New Ordinance will Address Blight, but with Compassion
January 8, 2022
Source: Stamford Advocate
The house at 88 Applewood Road looks as if it’s been overtaken by an army of brush and trees, hidden from the road in an otherwise well-kept residential neighborhood.
The house at 558 W. Main St., on the other hand, is highly visible, with thousands of vehicles driving past every day. Drivers can see the gaping holes in its roof, its broken windows and the front entryway that looks like it’s about to collapse.
They are Branford’s most obvious examples of blight, according to Ray Ingraham, R-5, majority leader of the Representative Town Meeting, but the town’s first blight ordinance, which was passed in 2021 and went into effect Jan. 1, is meant to address issues of rundown properties with a sympathetic, not a punitive, approach, he said.
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