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Zombie properties will get new life in City of Tonawanda

The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote to offer five vacant zombie properties to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the "Land Bank," at council's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

Zombie properties are homes that are abandoned by a homeowner during the foreclosure process and are left in limbo by banks without a new owner. The result is a neglected house with no one taking responsibility for it.

City Treasurer Joseph M. Hogenkamp said the city had some success with donating a parcel in 2014, which was rehabilitated and put back onto the city tax rolls.

The five properties are 231 Adam St.; 47 Maldiner Ave.; 19 Grove Terrace; 23 Enterprise Ave.; and a vacant lot at 91 Fuller Ave.

"The idea is to stabilize the neighborhood," said Hogenkamp.

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