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Albany officials discuss dealing with vacant buildings


ALBANY, N.Y. - Close to 100 Albany City and County residents packed a room of the Albany Library Wednesday night discussing what to do with the massive amount of vacant buildings that plague the city landscape.

Albany County Legislature Majority Leader Frank Commisso described a tentative plan that would include partnerships between developers like Habitat for Humanity and city leaders.

The long term hope is to flip both residential and commercial properties that are now sitting vacant.

Some people showed frustration Wednesday night, wanting more answers from city officials about an exact plan of how to deal with the hundreds of properties sitting vacant in Albany neighborhoods.

Some gave kudos to Albany County for work done up to this point that include providing lists of code violators and people who continue to turn over properties.

But neighbors wanted more definitive answers of how to deal with the hundreds of vacant and rundown properties around Albany.

"We need a more definitive timeline so we can know at what point to start moving towards a different plan," said concerned Albany resident Shawn Morris.

City officials say they hope to have a firm plan in place exactly one year from now.

If not, Commisso says this issue will have to be re-evaluated and moved in a different direction.

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