South Bend Council Members passed an ordinance about the vacant homes

Plans to take care of a thousand vacant South Bend homes in a thousand days will now have to include a thousand excuses.

South Bend Council Members who fear too many of the homes will be demolished, instead of refurbished, passed an ordinance Monday night. It requires a careful examination of the circumstances surrounding each demolition.

“It allows us to understand the particulars of what demolishing is going to happen why,” says Councilman Henry Davis Jr. of South Bend's Second District. “It is happening when it is going to happen, what condition the house is in also the outlook for that particular area and lot that the house is being demolished in. So it gives us more of a feel as Council Members to be more accountable to the residents in the City of South Bend.”

A provision of the ordinance that called for a 60 day moratorium on any demolitions in the city was removed from the measure.

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