After seeing it prove successful in surrounding communities, Pittsfield is now implementing its own "Fix or Flatten" program.
City officials say owners of dilapidated properties are given 30 days to decide if they are going to fix the structure or flatten it. If owners refuse to make decision, the city then steps in, taking steps to flatten the house and put a lien on the property.
Dilapidated homes aren't only an eyesore, but they can pose public safety concerns, health hazards and fire risks.
"We've had a nice looking town and everybody that is in the town is concerned about their property and they want it to be a nice community," said Alderman Robert Wood. "If you've got some dilapidated or derelict properties it's not good for property values."
Right now the city is currently addressing three different properties.
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