Preliminary Assessment of Vacancy and Abandonment Challenges in Ogdensburg, NY: Observations and Recommendations 

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The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) has been retained by the City of Ogdensburg (“City”) to provide technical assistance in support of developing a more effective, efficient, and equitable approach to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties (“problem properties”). This engagement was designed to advance the objectives of the grant awarded to the City through LISC’s Zombie and Vacant Property Remediation and Prevention Initiative (“Zombie Grant”), as well as leverage the City’s authority to create a municipal land bank and to explore with stakeholders how to optimize this new tool as part of a comprehensive approach to vacancy and abandonment.