Dublin works to get rid of blight

For seven years Cachjuan Mills says his neighborhood has been pretty empty.

“People don't want to know if this is a good neighborhood or not because they see abandoned homes and stuff,” says Mills.

Mills says there are several vacant homes on his street, but he says for the most part all they need is a little work.

“Nobody is trying to fix them up, but I think the city could,” says Mills. And that is what the city is trying to do.

Dublin, Laurens County and the school districts all came together to form a land bank authority.

“Under law when the city sells the property it has to get back the property tax value that it has in it. The land bank authority doesn’t have that restriction,” says the vice chairman of the authority, Joshua Kight.

Kight says the land bank can clear those taxes and bring in private developers to fix up the property.

“[Property developers] will see the a financial gain in actually renovating the houses and get families in there,” says Kight.

The authority's executive director, Cherise Blackwell, says this could help raise property values.

“Not only are these properties eyesores, but they’re actually depreciating the community values and the house values and so forth,” says Blackwell.

Mills says if the group can help clean up neighborhoods like his, he is excited.

If you are interested in renovating or building on a blighted property in Dublin, call the Land Bank Authority at 478-272-1622. 

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