Thursday, July 15, 2010

How the City of Dayton, Ohio educates people on how to buy city property:

Want to acquire a vacant lot? Check out "Lot Links 101" - July 15 at 6:00 p.m.
The City of Dayton will conduct a brief meeting on July 15 to educate the community on the facts, requirements and process for acquiring vacant and tax delinquent property in Dayton. Citizens interested in learning how to acquire properties through the City of Dayton’s “Lot Links” program should attend the 30-minute “Lot Links 101” briefing on Thursday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street, Room 306.

Participants are encouraged to remain after the meeting to attend the HUD Consolidated Plan Town Hall meeting. The Town Hall begins at 7:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Cities of Dayton and Kettering.

For the flier, click here.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks interesting wonder if the powers to be read this blog. I attempted to purchase city owned property in anticipation of the CRA;s redevelopment project and homestead. The property is owned by the City of LW but miss represented by realtor. The irony is that it is still listed for sale however the city of LW says they are not selling. Who's right who's mistaken?

Anonymous said...

Our city needs to sell all these vacant lots we have all around here, it is a major dump, check out some of them on every street from A to L street, and they are all overgrown and our city never makes codes cite the owners, so much dumping, overgrown, and matresses, etc. all over. This city needs a real plan in place to deal with the empty overgrown lots, there are so many even int he CRA district, you would think at least the CRA could address this blight? It breeds crime and more problems, not to mention snakes, rats, etc.

Does our city have a plan?

Wes Blackman said...

Anon #1: I understand that many elected and appointed people associated with the City are readers of this blog. The lesson here is that this is not rocket science and it is done all the time in cities across the nation. You will have to ask our local officials here why it's so difficult in Lake Worth.

Anon #2: The CRA has a $23 million in the form of Neighborhood Stabilization Funds that it has to spend in a very short period of time in one of the most imperiled areas of our city. Many of the properties within this area are owned by the city or are foreclosed. Two members of the City Commission were not in favor of the CRA applying for this money, especially Commissioner JoAnn Golden, who used it as an accomplishment in her campaign literature benefited from it anyway, but not the city in any demonstrable way, yet, at least.

Anonymous said...

just looked a zillow and 33460 looks like the entire City of Lake Worth is for sale with surplus to booth.

Anonymous said...

On a practical note do you feel that the CRA is up to this challenge? From my point of view they appear to be so far behind their proposed projects.

Anonymous said...

Big Problem: the CRA was hand picked my Cara.

Anonymous said...

Who are the new CRA members?

Wes Blackman said...

I am not sure who the new members are - if it is any indication, I understand that one submitted an application, but was not interviewed and one was picked that did not even apply. It was a marathon session that lasted many hours over multiple days.

Anonymous said...

Leah Chaloub - applied, did not interview and was picked.
Ellen Rich - applied to two different boards, neither of which was the CRA, and was picked. according to her application, she started the failed "tropical groves" neighborhood association.
Willy Volk - picked

i don't think any of them have ever been to a cra meeting. of course, none of this is "official" since nothing has been updated on the City or the CRA website.

Russ Hibbard said...

Would anyone feel comfortable handing $23M to any group without experience managing sums of that sort?
Do any of the current CRA have any professional experience in useful disciplines necessary for effective Community Redevelopment?

Expertise required for successful CRAs:

Urban planning/architecture/design
Historic preservation/mitigation
Construction/contracting/code
Community organization
Business management
Law/contract/deeds
Banking/mortgages
PR/marketing

Without at least 5 members having some of the skills listed above, what successes or accountability can be expected when the spending begins? Interviews without professional resumes that have been impartially reviewed can't possibly pass the smell test.

Wes Blackman said...

Russ, I agree. We had a chance with the former board that I was on, now two generations ago. Due to a "glitch" in the administrative process - how often do we here that? - six of the seven appointed positions expired at the same time. That gave the substantially the current Commission a chance to re-load with a slate of over people, some qualified, others perhaps not. One, for example, is concerned about rising property values which is 180 degrees away from the core goals of a CRA. With this round of appointments, its anyone's guess who these people and what backgrounds they have other than they passed some sort of litmus test. What that is no one really knows.

The process - or better said, chaos - that appointed the current board will be under scrutiny at the next City Commission meeting. It is my understanding that Commissioner Maxwell is putting an item under new business that questions that "process" and whether it met any standard laid out in the Code of Ordinances regarding appointment.

Stay tuned.

Russ Hibbard said...

Wes, IIRC the CRA we served on was conveniently replaced by the city commission, once the core area ad-valorem values were in the black. Unlike the CRA board at that time, the mayor and a couple of commissioners were purely political in their actions. Of course, it wasn't the city or it's legal council that lobbied Palm Beach County to allow the base year change that provided the first viable CRA budget. But once there was money to claim, how could they resist?

That sort of thinking and city "management" hasn't changed in 17 years. If anything, it's even sketchier now. Nonetheless, will stay tuned... Sunshine might straighten it out.