The Development Authority has for some time been participating in housing issues.
I had appointed a senior DANC staffer to the Planning Board. The Authority has participated in in-fill housing and rehab programs.
The matter of zombies is something the Mayor had some good ideas on during last year when he suggested actively pursuing banks holding on to these properties.
There also has long been DANC involvement in the drafting of the proposed rental registration law.
Then there's involvement in projects like Mercy which resulted in a large reduction of blight.
The partnerships have long been there and the solution will take time and market forces as well as public policy decisions.
Watertown Daily Times | Butler suggests DANC’s involvement in Watertown’s housing issues