City of Quincy Accepting Proposals for “Fix or Flatten” Properties for Redevelopment
August 16, 2023
City officials in Quincy want your proposals to re-develop properties they have demolished.
It’s all part of the “Fix or Flatten” program to get rid of dangerous buildings.
Quincy’s Director of Inspection and Enforcement, Michael Seaver, said deteriorating buildings are what you would find on the city’s “Fix or Flatten” list.
“We generally look for structures that are open to trespass that have holes in the roof that are kind of beyond the point of repair or they would seen to be at least from an outward appearance,” Seaver said.
Seaver said after a property is added to the list, all owners and heirs of derelict properties, receive a fifteen day notice telling them to either fix or demolish their property.
“So assuming we don’t receive any response to that notice, the next step would be for the attorneys to go ahead and file a complaint in court and get in front of a judge to hopefully obtain an order to authorize the city to demolish property,” Seaver said.
But if the purpose in demolishing unsafe buildings is to protect the community and rid eye sores, why leave a plot of land behind?
“So the city is trying to and the council would like to see the property put back into the best use possible so we accept proposals for the properties, so it’s not just straight forward bids,” Seaver said.
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