Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WDT: Council Advances Housing Ideas

   Housing and deteriorating properties were an issue in the last two city elections and lawmakers are pledging to do something about it, including a long awaited proposal from Councilman Jennings for a landlord registration law, and increased rehabilitation programs.
    The latter has resulted in many improved homes, but with an old housing stock the results are often masked by other problems.
     Recently several blighted properties were eliminated by something Council had nothing to do with. The Mercy project results in several adjacent clunkers being torn down by COR Development.
     Actually efforts to deal with this have gone on for years, including initiatives like the demolition of Cloverdale and a smattering of in-fill projects, among other efforts.
      It is largely a perennial challenge as the economics of these old structures usually don't support rehabilitation, however some of the Council initiatives like pushing banks on foreclosure properties could be helpful.  
    

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What we really need is DANK to tell us how to run Watertown. They were great at giving PILOTs to all of the unnecessary housing while telling me to fix up my rentals with MY OWN MONEY (Thanks for that "warning" young Miss Capone)! Well I have and continue to do so, yet the market is still horrible.

Yes, we definitely need more DANC involvement.

Anonymous said...

So the city is going to do something about no one wanted to buy houses in the city?

The city where you need a permit and inspections for something as simple and basic as a new roof or a new furnace. The city where you need a license to do plumbing and obtaining a license involves a test in which you must demonstrate your proficiency at pouring molten lead into the hub of a cast iron pipe as if we still do plumbing as we did 100 years ago. The city where a new nice looking fence must be demolished. The city where a Doggie Doo sign is a big don't and we would rather have an empty storefront than one with such a pedestrian sign. The city where fast food is turned down from making a million dollar investment because the second busiest street in the city is too quaint to be soiled by a guaranteed successful business that tears down an eyesore and cleans up old gas station contamination.

Anonymous said...

725 You are right on the McDonalds and that is a vote regretted, or should be by Council. The argument against the menu was the worst.

Anonymous said...

Hey 725 let's get the facts straight, No you don't need a license to do plumbing if you're the homeowner, although I do agree with the test of "Lead Wiping" that isn't done anymore do to the lead issue...

Anonymous said...

Let's just put a sign out since the Feds backed by the Democrats are pushing an offer just for immigrants that they can apply for federally backed mortgages, no money down, no job, just show that you are a refugee from any muslim middle eastern country and wham bam thank you mame you get lower rates cause you are being discriminated per your religion.

Kid you not folks, Danny are you snoozing?

Anonymous said...

I bet the city manager will love this idea. She has been hell bent on cutting back on any city services and departments. We've got some new council folks, now I think it's time to start thinking about a new city manager also. We need some fresh ideas and vision all the way round.

ray lear said...

Simple way to make it look like you have a plan.....Spend some money. That's all it is. You can fix houses all over the city. But you need a buyer. That's the part they fall down on. The soldiers are not renting our homes anymore, and they are not buying them. They got street smart on that one.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 12:01. I hope the new council does not renew the city managers contract. It's time for some new leadership in that office. She has wasted more time and expense fighting against the WFD when she could have gave them what they wanted and been further ahead. The only ones who suffer are us, the tax payers. Less services and same taxes. Does not add up in my book.

Anonymous said...

11:47, i am not talking about 'lead wiping', I am talking about pouring a lead joint. It is still done in cities where union thug plumbers have a foothold. It is still part of the city test. A license is needed for a landlord to plumbing on his own apartments. That discourages landlords from investing in the city and maintaining what they own in the city.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe anyone would ever want to be city manager. No decision made is ever a popular one. Amazes me how we have so many armchair quarterbacks that want to tell the mayor, council and and city manager how they should run the city. Th at should run for office or apply for CM job next time it opens up.

Anonymous said...

They are the elected arms for us, so yes we would like them to think of our needs. If they can't do that, they shouldn't have asked for the job. Is that clear? Also if the current city manager isn't affective anymore, she needs to go. Mayor Butler's first hard choice.