Have you noticed an increase in abandoned and neglected properties in OKC? It’s a growing problem, causing headaches for everyone from police and fire departments, code enforcement officers to neighbors. Abandoned residential properties in Oklahoma City cause about a $1.7 billion loss in property value to surrounding properties. It’s unknown exactly how many neglected and vacant properties are in the city, but a recent query of postal service indicated that about 16,000 addresses have not received mail for 90 days or more and about 75 percent of these are residential. The City has hired a consultant to study the problem and present some hard numbers.
Russell Claus, Director of the Planning Department, wants to open a dialogue with neighborhoods; the planning department has information to share about this blight on our city and wants to hear your stories about how abandoned and vacant property affects you, your neighborhood and your property values.
The Neighborhood Alliance is hosting a lunch-time forum on March 29th at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s beautiful community room in downtown OKC. You’ll have the opportunity to share your stories as well as hear how this issue is affecting the community as a whole.
For more information about the forum, go to nacok.org.