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Ogdensburg opens up Neighborhood Stabilization Program for applicants


The city is looking for homebuyers for properties renovated using state and federal grant funds.

Thanks to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, at least one city-owned house at 2 Grove St. is ready for sale, but officials are opening up the program for more eligible applicants.

“Our best scenario is receiving multiple applicants and widening the pool of eligible households,” said Andrea L. Smith, interim director of planning and development.

Ms. Smith said there probably would be more program houses available, so the call is for applicants in general.

“This isn’t for any particular property,” she said.

The sale of 2 Grove St. was slated earlier this year but fell through when the potential buyers no longer met program requirements. In Ogdensburg’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, applicants had to meet standards for income, education and family size to qualify to purchase a property. Ms. Smith would not say which standard the house’s potential buyers failed to meet.

“We had some eligible applicants,” she said. “For various reasons they have fallen through.”

The city is looking for applicants with an income of up to 120 percent of the county median income, so a family of one can have an income of up to $47,880. A family of two can make up to $54,720 and a family of three up to $61,560.

Successful applicants would be entered into a lottery to determine who has the first opportunity to buy a property. Subsidies may be available to assist with down payment and closing costs.

“The process we’re using is the process the City Council has approved,” Ms. Smith said.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program was much maligned by City Council members over the past year for rules limiting the selection of properties, the scope of repairs and the pool of potential buyers to which a property could be sold.

Ms. Smith said the program has done measurable good in Ogdensburg.

“The intent of the program is to improve neighborhoods by looking at an entire property, not just three roofs around the city, but a whole property within a neighborhood,” she said. “We’re looking at properties in a cohesive manner. We hope our investments improve the neighborhood as a whole.”

Earlier this year, Ogdensburg finalized the sale of another Neighborhood Stabilization Program home at 819 Knox St., restoring the property to tax rolls after three years of city ownership.

Interested parties may call Ogdensburg’s housing office at 393-7401 or the Department of Planning and Development at 393-7150 for more information.

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