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Bangor City officials continue to rid city of abandoned buildings

From this article by Nick McCrea,in the BDN: Bangor continues push to rehabilitate eyesores, targets properties at Garland, Third streets

Another eyesore in Bangor is coming down to make way for new single-family housing.

On Monday night, Bangor city councilors approved the purchase of a rundown home at 171 Garland St. and gave a plot of land at 120 Third St. to Habitat for Humanity.

The Garland Street property, a boarded up apartment building half a block from Chapin Park, has long drawn the ire of neighbors. Its owner tried to launch a rehabilitation project several years ago, but that effort stalled for lack of financing. Bangor code enforcement officials examined the property, found it was too far gone to renovate and determined it would need to be demolished. The purchase price is $10,000.

In October, city councilors voted to demolish several buildings, including one at 108 Third St., a burned-out home adjacent to 120 Third St. The lot at 120 Third St. is empty, cluttered with debris.

The council voted to sell that .23-acre plot to Habitat for Humanity at a cost of $1, under the condition Habitat build a single-family home on the site. The group has been looking for a spot to launch a new building project in Bangor for several years. A neighborhood revitalization effort is underway in the West Side Village, which includes Third Street. An important goal in that effort is increasing the number of single-family homes. Continue reading →