In fight against urban blight, Lowell adds tool to arsenal
A once-blighted Lowell house has been rehabilitated and put on the market through the city’s use of a state tool that allows abandoned properties to be placed into receivership.
The property is the first that Lowell has brought through receivership in recent history, according to city officials, who hope to replicate the effort with other properties.
“This program is an excellent tool for changing the momentum in a neighborhood by taking a building that is a blighting influence on its neighbors and turning it into a model that can inspire others to improve their properties as well,” Mayor Patrick Murphy said in a prepared statement. “We’ve already started to see this positive impact on 6th Street.”
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