Highway Oil Property Heads to Foreclosure

The City Council is moving forward on the foreclosure of The Highway Oil Property in Downtown Plattsburgh.. Typically, derelict buildings and properties are causing eye sores in local communities and in others actually bringing down property values in the City. The issue extends well beyond Plattsburgh.. Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says typically once the properties have been foreclosed on, the city will hold a special auction to recoup as much of the money owed in taxes as possible.. but there are some circumstances, especially in the case of Highway Oil, where they may think twice about letting property go.. In addition to the three properties the city will foreclose on shortly, the City, as with many municipalities is dealing with buildings in many different states of disrepair. In Saranac Lake recently, the village board voted to name two properties in the village as hazardous to the health of it’s residents and to then hire a contractor to clean the properties with the bill being sent to the landowners..  That’s never an easy process but it does wake up the neighbors as to their limitations when it comes to abandoning a property.. Plattsburgh Councilwoman Becky Kasper and Councilman Paul O’Connell fielded questions from residents about this exact topic at a recent public forum..  “There has to be something the City Council can do to mitigate the effects these properties have on their neighbors..” Kasper said. “This is obviously a problem across municipalities and there should be a discussion about how communities can work together to strengthen the code to raise the standards and hold people accountable.”  One problem, Kasper adds is that there are many different stages of disrepair, and it’s a complicated issue but the council should be able to write code to help neighbors deal with eyesores and other property neglect..

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