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Falls OKs sale of vacant homes to Isaiah 61 Project

NIAGARA FALLS – The city Planning Board has approved the sale of six more vacant city-owned houses to the not-for-profit, faith-based Isaiah 61 Project.

The houses are located on 16th and 19th streets, Memorial Parkway and Michigan, Spruce and LaSalle avenues.

Late last year, the project began a partnership with the city, the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, MIKELLY Construction and the John R. Oishei Foundation to make vacant homes into building trades training sites that could then be sold to first-time homebuyers. The project’s first house on Whitney Avenue is on schedule for completion, Community Development Director Seth Piccirillo said.

The City Council must approve the final sales to the eventual buyers. Piccirillo said turning the houses over to Isaiah 61 instead of demolishing them saves the city about $200,000.