Fight against blight continues in Savannah

This week the City of Savannah Property Maintenance Department sent out 64 letters to property owners whose properties meet the definition of “chronically blighted” under the Community Redevelopment Tax Incentive Ordinance.

To qualify under the ordinance, a property must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Uninhabitable, unsafe, or abandoned structure;
  • Inadequate provisions for rain, ventilation, light, air, or sanitation;
  • An imminent harm to life or other property caused by fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, storm, or other natural catastrophe respecting which the governor has declared a state of emergency under the state law or has certified the need for disaster assistance under federal law; provided, however, this division shall not apply to property unless the relevant public agency has given notice in writing to the property owner regarding specific harm caused by the property and the owner has failed to take reasonable measures to remedy the harm;
  • A site identified by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as a superfund site pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 9601, et seq., or having environmental contamination to an extent that requires remedial investigation or a feasibility study;
  • Repeated illegal activity on the individual property of which the property owner knew or should have known; or
  • The maintenance of the property is below state, county, or municipal codes for at least one year after written notice of the code violation to its owner; and
  • It is conducive to ill health, transmission of disease, infant mortality, or crime in the immediate proximity of the property

This is one of the 64 properties mentioned in the “chronically blighted” list pictured above. It is located on Bulloch Street.

WSAV News 3’s Trish Williford will have more on what the city is doing to help combat the ongoing fight against blight in our community tonight on News 3 at 5 & 6.

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