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Springfield To Sell City-owned Vacant Lots To Abutters

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The city of Springfield Massachusetts has launched a new program to sell vacant lots to an abutting property owner.

   Under the program abutters can apply to purchase a city owned lot that is valued at less than $25,000. The city puts conditions on what can be done with the lot after its sold. Such things as a garden, off street parking, a landscaped side yard, and housing additions are allowed.  Mayor Domenic Sarno said  the program is  another tool to reduce blight in the city’s neighborhoods

   The program is modeled after others around the country, including ones in Boston and Lowell in Massachusett.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.