Pawtucket identifies nine properties for receivership

Pawtucket identifies nine properties for receivership

PAWTUCKET – This week, Mayor Donald Grebien announced that the city has identified nine abandoned and problematic properties to be placed in receivership.

Now in their second year of a blight program, officials identify properties that have numerous outstanding violations that are left unaddressed with the zoning and code enforcement department and are vacant.

With the help and support of the City Council to strengthen the ordinances, the receivership program was established to ensure cleaner, safer neighborhoods for residents, said Grebien. The program positively impacts surrounding property values, he emphasized.

“The receivership process is another tool for the city to improve the quality of life, property values and aesthetics for our residents and neighborhoods,” said Grebien. “We hear about these problem properties from residents who take pride in their neighborhood, and have made it a priority. We will be moving aggressively to have these problem properties cleaned up, as well as others across the city.”

In 2017, the city identified five nuisance properties and petitioned the Rhode Island Superior Court to place them into receivership to move forward with abatement. The properties were either appointed a receiver to oversee their cleanup, rehabilitation, and sale, or the current owners moved forward with repairs to the properties.

The nine targeted properties in 2018 are on Paisley Street, Magill Street, Magnolia Street, Armistice Boulevard, Thomas Avenue, Centre Street, Vine Street, Randall Street and Mineral Spring Avenue. Officials weren’t offering up exact addresses due to various concerns, but said these properties aren’t difficult to pick out.

The 2017 properties were 105 Ballston Ave., 237 Randall St., 94-96 Englewood Ave., 116 Sterry St., and 312 Walcott St.

All the properties are residential, according to Lauren Greene, spokeswoman for Grebien. Properties were chosen with a particular emphasis on those that have had a history of code violations. In some cases, the city has taken care of cutting the grass and removing waste, then billing the owners, she said.

“These properties have been summoned to municipal court, fined or been ordered to fix the violations and still have not remedied the situation,” she said.

Confirmation that vacant properties have no water service and that there is no work being done on them also acted as triggers for the actions, she said.

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105 Ballston Ave., 237 Randall St., 94-96 Englewood Ave., 116 Sterry St., and 312 Walcott St. are assessed in total at over 800,000 dollars