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Quincy City Council approves expanded Fix or Flatten program

Quincy City Council approves expanded Fix or Flatten program

2 months, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

City will spend $200,000 to start process of tearing down 20 abandoned homes

The Quincy City Council has approved a resolution that will enable the city to start tearing down more abandoned homes on the city's west side. Scott Hardy has more.

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The City Council Monday night approved a resolution that enabled the city's Planning and Development Department to implement an expanded Fix or Flatten program over the next 12 months. The new city budget has set aside $200,000 for the project, which includes hiring an outside lawyer to handle the extra cases. 2nd Ward Alderman Jeff Bergman, whose ward is one where the city will be busy, says the process can get held up by the court system.

( Alderman Jeff Bergman :11 )

The city will start legal proceedings on 20 abandoned properties, which is an increase over the 12 per year it's done in past years. And according to Bergman, it can be a long process.

( Alderman Jeff Bergman :29 )

The City Council also approved an ordinance that grants Blessing Hospital a zoning variance to add a fifth and sixth floor to the Moorman Pavilion. It also approved Blessing's request for three ground-mounted signs at the site of a proposed $40 million office building on seven acres at 48th and Maine.

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