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Neighbors get side lot deals

October 21, 2013

WARREN — Walter and Virginia Stec purchased the lot next to their 321 Washington St. N.E. home two years ago to continue improvements that began almost from the day they purchased the house in 1997....

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Oct-22-13 2:38 PM

!!REMOVED FROM SITE!! I see this as a fantastic idea for property owners to extend their holdings. Even a lot purchased for $1,000 can add several times that to the overall value of the property. Buying neighboring lots is something I've always believed in and practice. It allows property owners to do exactly as these fine folks in the article. There is no greater feeling than having available land to cultivate, decorate & beautify the neighborhood. My goal has always been to have a country spread in the City with good neighbors and a minimum of the elements that lower property values. If the land bank is flexible with financing this should work out great as homeowners expand their property lines...


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Oct-21-13 11:55 PM

It is a shame the Trustees in Austintown can't take a page from this book. They have decided to demolish five vacant homes. One is perfectly rehabable. One trustee told me the report from the fire inspectorsuggested to demolish. It also said it could be rehabilitated. The problem is,there is a land bank in Mahoning Co. But the county has no knowledge of a demo order. So,tear down a nice house in a desirable neighborhood and leave an empty lot. So we the taxpayers pay for the upkeep. Or will it be sold at an inflated price ? Too bad some elected officials can't play nice.

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Oct-21-13 11:58 AM

Nice to see something positive happening around town.

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Oct-21-13 11:57 AM

Nice to see something positive happening around town.

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Oct-21-13 10:35 AM

I would assume the land bank does not want to bail out Iannucci incorporated by taking over the Sunshine homes and by doing so, make that mess go away for the city.

Plus, you know, not just the county is owed money with that mess....

Speaking of which, it is so nice to read an article like this and not see Mike Keys get some credibility by being quoted. Talking to Mike keys about this program would be like talking to me about the making of Casablanca. Yeah, I'm familiar with it and can say something because I've seen it, but I had no ******* role in it.

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Oct-21-13 9:29 AM

The removal of old abandoned houses along with this program can eventually turn "old-town", Warren into the quaint town people want to live in.

The potential increase in property values will eventually keep the less astute criminally minded transient renters from living amoungst the good citizens.

I wish I were 20 years younger and in position to take advantage of this program.

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Oct-21-13 9:16 AM

In the article it states that the Trumbull Co. Land Bank, operating budget comes from foreclosing tax liens. Which is good, but why have they never went after Sunshine property's. They could triple their operating budget right now. Oh that's right, Sunshine has a hands off reputation with the county. Instead they just go after the little guy, that lost their job or hit with high unexpected medical bills or etc.

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Oct-21-13 8:57 AM

I know the Stec family and they are outstanding neighbors. They are a tribute to the neighborhood. Thanks to the Land Bank as well as the Stecs for showing that progress can be a good thing.

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Oct-21-13 8:44 AM

This is awesome for the city of Warren. I am glad that homeowners are getting the opportunity to buy the lot next to them. When you give the home owners an opportunity to take pride in there neighborhoods then it is a win win for both parties involved the city of warren looks better and home owner has more space and a sense of pride in their neighborhood

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Oct-21-13 7:27 AM

I hope this program is successful. It could lead to curing the blighted areas. Which is one of Warren's big problems.

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Oct-21-13 6:00 AM

I agree too.

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