City Has Plan to Fix Up Run-Down Houses

City Has Plan to Fix Up Run-Down Houses

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio Some Sandy City Council members want to clean up their city by fixing up run-down homes and then selling them to police officers.

In some neighborhoods there are homes that suddenly go downhill. They aren't taken care of and become a center of criminal activity. These are the homes Sandy Councilman Chris McCandless is targeting. "It takes a house that was blight, and has a criminal element, and gets rid of it," he said.

Under the proposal, the city would use RDA funds to buy the house, meaning there would be no new taxes imposed to fund the project.

They would then fix it up and then allow Sandy police officers first dibs, with the city giving them a grant to help with the down payment.

The officer would have to live in the house for three years and stay on the force during that time.

If officers don't buy the homes, they could then be offered to other city emergency workers before going onto the open market.

This is just a proposal right now, and the council plans to discuss it in more detail next month.

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