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City’s move to offload tax delinquent houses good for business and neighborhoods

Carol Hazard at uses the recent renovation at 2203 Q Street to dig deeper into the uptick in sales of tax delinquent property by the city:

Over the past five or six years, Augustine has bought about 10 houses and empty lots at auctions of city-foreclosed properties with at least two years of unpaid property taxes.

“I’m not rich, but I am making a living off it,” Augustine said.

He also is reducing the city’s long list of neglected properties, repurposing dilapidated houses — in some cases, building new — and putting them back on the tax rolls.


The catalyst for private investments sprung from nonprofits like the Better Housing Coalition, generally the first one into neglected areas in Church Hill and other neighborhoods — where it took on not one house at a time, but whole city blocks to develop quality, affordable housing.


Melissa Ansley Brooks 12/18/2016 at 8:42 AM

Love this! Just wish there was more affordable housing…rentals….for large families with single earner income.

Angela Morse 12/18/2016 at 9:04 AM

I have one they need to look at next door 🙂

Kathleen 12/18/2016 at 8:38 PM

There’s 3 on the south side of the 3100 block of E Broad that I wish would go tax delinquent.


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