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In Historic Fruit Belt, Buffalo Moves Forward with Community-Led Plan and Land Trust

Last January, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen announced that the city government would support the development of a community land trust in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt later. Now, Buffalo has taken the next step, after approving “a strategic development plan for the largely low-income neighborhood abutting the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” writes Susan Schulman in the Buffalo News.

Included in the vote was the transfer of “four of what could be 20 or more vacant lots the Fruit Belt land trust,” writes Schulman. Schulman adds that the Council’s action also moves forward the redevelopment of “an historic but run-down vacant property.” The City is also offering existing homeowners the option of acquiring adjacent vacant lots, as a tool for reducing the number of vacant lots in the neighborhood.

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