"Hello, may I speak to Chris Jacobs..."

Last week I posted about the MBBA visit to Buffalo in - What Happened? And recently linked to the on-going drama over on Coe Place and how Albany's callous grip is ruining the chances for restoring two of the most vulnerable houses on Coe Place. Read this and this.

While the good news is that we've identified another hyper-local buyer for one of these houses, the larger drama unraveling with MBBA is really like totally mind boggling.

I've compiled a second "social-spreadsheet" - viewable and searchable like any other website - with the list of properties MBBA recently told a small group of activists and developers they would like to peddle like yesterday. Here's that list:
Click on the new shorter list and see the total devestation. The Housing Court status for the first 200 properties is indicated. If it's not a nightmare on your block, it's just around the corner. 100 Housing Court warrants, 50 still in court, and dozens for demo. One fixBuffalo reader e-mailed me:
MBBA indicated that the 300 are those that may be furthest along in the process by which they can actually take title. It has nothing to do with the quality of the home, its location and importance to any revitaiztion strategy, etc. Some have already been demolished.
Again, here's the complete list: 1500 Houses 'flipped' to MBBA
Checking out the MBBA website I just learned that Buffalo's own Chris Jacobs as NYS Secretary of State is on MBBA's Board of Directors. I'm calling him right now!
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to our Secretary of State, the MBBA, and the AHC, the liklihood that an accurate and sensible application to the AHC to utilize the rehabilitation funding can result in any substantial rehabilitation of any of the 300 MBBA houses is nil.

There is no reasonable way to get into the 300 MBBA houses to assess the needed repairs by the application deadline of 10/20/06. Any application for funding will be merely speculative and, if funded, likely result in the funded agency being over-burdened with untenable rehabilitation projects that may or may not ever be rehabilitated.

The State money is too little for rehabilitating 300 homes ($2 M/300 = $6,600 per house) given the high acquisition costs of the vacant foreclosed buildings.

NY needs to do better to allow for correcting their egregious errors in creating this mess.