SB Council member proposes vacant home accountability bill

A South Bend City Council member is asking for more information before a vacant or abandoned house is demolished.

Monday night Henry Davis Jr. proposed the city be more accountable before demolishing a home.

Davis proposed an amendment that would address the accountability of government actions on buildings declared vacant or abandoned.

Davis says more information should be made available before too many homes are torn down.

“Many of the amendments are asking for more clarity as it relates to when the house is demolished,” says Davis. “We are asking for the administration not only post it in the county city building or newspaper but we are asking that it behave like a zoning change or zoning ordinance change, so neighbors are notified when this house is getting ready to be demolished.”

However members from the task force and the mayor's office say so far only 10 to 20 homes have actually been torn down and the city's code is still followed.

The mayor's office says the task force’s goal is to “address” one thousand homes in one thousand days, not necessarily demolish them.

The idea is to take care of the eyesores in the community and that includes rehabilitating homes too.

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