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City to transfer properties to community land trust in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt

Dozens of properties in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood will be changing hands.

Organizers of the F.B. Community Land Trust announced Saturday the city will give them more than 50 vacant properties.

Members of the land trust will decide what happens to the lots. They plan to transform them into businesses and affordable housing.

Neighbors have voiced concerns in the past that development at the nearby medical campus has caused rents to soar. They were worried about who would develop the city-owned vacant lots there.

The new land trust will ensure the neighborhood decides what gets built.

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