State Representative Drafts Land Bank Bill to Improve Neighborhoods
Land Bank Update
February 7, 2019
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The city-wide issue of abandoned homes is now being heard in Jefferson City.
9th District State Representative Sheila Solon wants to rid the city of St. Joseph of these abandoned properties.
“These are properties that nobody wants, and nobody is buying,” Solon said. “They are staying vacant and remaining vacant.”
Solon says there are 478 properties spread out across the city that are abandoned, properties that leave negative effects on the community.
“When you have abandoned properties on a block, it makes people feel unsafe,” Solon said.
Solon has introduced legislation to start a land bank, she said its an effort backed by the city mayor, Chamber of Commerce and residents who want to see the city look better.
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