Abandoned buildings attract crime, strain the resources of the police and fire departments, decrease property values and have a negative effect on the quality of the surrounding neighborhood.
They produce little or no property tax revenue but require significant time, attention and resources from the city. As with most cities, abandoned buildings have been an ongoing problem for Oklahoma City.
In April 2015, the Oklahoma City Planning Department convened an Abandoned Building Coalition to explore strategies and provide recommendations to address vacant and abandoned buildings. The coalition included representatives from a broad group of stakeholders including local property owners, builders, developers, investors, neighborhood leaders, and state, county and local officials.
The Urban Renewal Authority, one of the authorities managed by the Alliance for Economic Development, participated in the coalition. The Planning Department presented a report from the coalition to the City Council, outlining observations and proposing solutions.
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