ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – A city program is letting Rochester residents pick up vacant, “zombie” properties near their homes in the city for just pennies on a dollar.
Iesha White and Kohobi Scott had their eye on the lot next door to their property for years.
“I kept asking if it was for sale and what they were going to do with it because it was vacant for a while there would be people cutting through and playing on it leaving debris,” said Kohobi Scott.
They were afraid to even let their kids play outside.
“It’s terrible for your property values, it’s terrible because you can’t let your kids out,” explains Scott. “There are people hanging around the backyard dumping garbage dumping tires.”
Now, thanks to a longstanding city policy, the two were able to purchase it from the city for $1 (and some other added fees, totaling around $300 dollars).
White said, “Since you are a homeowner you were going to take pride in your property and everything I don’t know about people who rent but if you’re a homeowner will take pride in your property and keep it up and add value to your neighborhood.”
The city says they’ve sold 24 of these properties in the last year.