One company is interested in helping the city of Frederick rid itself of its vacant, blighted buildings.
After asking qualified receivers to step forward if they were interested in rehabilitating, demolishing or selling the city’s most blighted buildings, the city received one proposal from a company by its deadline Friday.
The city is not releasing the name of the company right now, as it hasn’t yet had a chance to review the proposal, said Nikki Bamonti, executive assistant to Mayor Randy McClement.
The city was looking for partners — individuals, partnerships, corporations and community land trusts — to come forward as it takes on a new process it created last year called receivership. The new law allows the city to submit a petition that asks a court to appoint a receiver to a blighted building, who would be required to demolish or fix up the building, or to sell the building to someone who will.
First, the city must legally define the property as blighted. By the city’s definition, a blighted building is one that is vacant and is a serious or immediate danger to the health, safety or general welfare of the community.
Last month, it declared four properties, two commercial and two residential, as blighted.
The city’s petition to the court must identify and state the qualifications of the proposed receiver, according to city documents.
A selection committee will now review the proposal from the potential receiver, according to the city’s request.
Kara Norman, executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, said the partnership thought about submitting a proposal, but the timing wasn’t right.
The partnership is just beginning to update its strategic plan and thinking about how it can be an advocate for the receivership process, Norman said.
Norman said she applauds the company that has come forward.
“It is a very good thing, but it is a little bit of stepping into the unknown,” she said.
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