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March 21, 2013

City seeks public's help finding bad buildings

Court action planned to force cleanups, repairs

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The city began using the program after receiving complaints from homeowners in inner-city neighborhoods such as the Acre about abandoned buildings causing blight.

“This initiative not only helped turn around an abandoned property,’’ Fiorentini said of the 5th Avenue building. “It also helped enhance the neighborhood.

“This leads to better housing and higher property values for the entire neighborhood,’’ he said. “These efforts will improve public safety, provide for a cleaner city and greater tax generation.”

How to help To report a deteriorated property, call the Health and Inspectional Services Department at 978-374-2325.

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