Vacant Property Proposal

A new plan that requires vacant property owners to register with the city is gaining support around South Bend neighborhoods.

South Bend city council member Charlotte Pfeifer has been to several neighborhood association meetings recently to explain the new proposal.

On Wednesday night the Rum Village Association was the seventh neighborhood to show their support for the proposal.

It basically requires property owners to register with the city if a home is vacant for a certain amount of time.

The idea is to encourage property owners to put vacant land to good use and hold them accountable if they aren't maintaining it.

“That means every property in the city of South Bend that's vacant we will have a list of it... and we will also have a local contact,” says Pfeifer.

The ordinance will be introduced at a city council meeting in October.

Pfeifer plans to meet with two more neighborhood associations to gather more support in the meantime.

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