State Representative Drafts Land Bank Bill to Improve Neighborhoods
Updated 3/7/19: The SJ Post published a report announcing the passage of HB 821 through the Missouri House of Representatives. The bill aims to allow the City of St. Joseph to create a land bank to directly engage 450 vacant structures in violation of its Property Maintenance Code.
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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