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State Senate passes anti-blight bill

January 28, 2009 6:12 am by

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The RTD reports that a bill giving local governments more power to act on abandoned and blighted buildings was passed by a Virginia Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the full Senate:

Sponsored by Sen. Mamie E. Locke, D-Hampton, Senate Bill 1094 effectively would let localities consider such buildings a danger to public safety if they are vacant, boarded up and not connected to utilities, such as electric, water or sewer for more than six months. The bill also offers tax incentives and expedited application and permitting to property owners who agree to renovate or repair the structures, as well as refunds for permits and fees associated with timely demolition of such structures.

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