Kingston Land Bank seeks public input on property redevelopment

KINGSTON – The Kingston City Land Bank hosted a public forum Tuesday evening to find ways to handle the properties it is working to acquire.

“For the last nine months we have been creating committees that would address various aspects of a land bank,” said Anezka Sebek, a committee member of the land bank. “Our work really has not begun yet because we are in the process of acquiring the 36 properties that the land bank wants dispose of.”

Mayor Steven Noble attended the public forum, and he said public input was important to move forward.

“Creating a disposition policy is a very important step, so that when we acquire these properties, we are working with the community with their interest in mind,” the mayor said. “So, when we dispose of them either through renovation and sale, or working with community partners, that is why it is important to get everybody’s comments and feedback.”

The city land bank started less than a year ago to acquire title to properties owned by the city or distressed private properties for hopeful redevelopment, so they can become taxable.

For more information about the land bank and available properties go to www.kingston

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