Preliminary Assessment of Vacancy and Abandonment Challenges in Utica: Observations and Recommendations

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The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) has been retained by the City of Utica, New York (“City”), to carry out a preliminary assessment of the City’s policies, programs, tools, and operations in place to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties (“problem properties”). This technical assistance is being funded by the City’s Zombie Grant, through LISC’s Zombie and Vacant Property Remediation and Prevention Initiative, and is meant to complement some of the key deliverables and goals of the grant award, including improved parcel data management and sharing practices as well as more equitable, effective, and efficient approaches to housing and building code enforcement.