Mayor’s Initiative Aims to Fight Blight

Mayor Stimpson announced new initiatives Tuesday afternoon to help combat blight.

They aim to speed the evaluation process, inform the public, and streamline the legal process of getting rid of blight.

Officials estimate it costs the city upwards of $80 million dollars in lost property value

The city will get the help from a five-man team funded by a Bloomberg initative grant who will look for solutions and workouts to remove blighted property.

“Every single Mobilian deserves a neighborhood they feel safe in and proud to be a part of,” said Mayor Stimpson. “Today’s announcement shows that we are deploying the right tools to the right structures for faster solutions.”

The data collected through this effort revealed that blighted properties comprise two percent of Mobile’s housing stock and 25 percent (13,188) of Mobile’s homes are within 150 feet of blight.

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