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Demolition moratorium debate to heat up Monday night

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Fixing South Bend's vacant housing problem has been one of Mayor Pete Buttigieg's top priorities since he took office in 2012. Earlier this year he announced how he intends to do that, but not everyone is on board with his plan.

Monday night we could learn what path the city will take. The Common Council is scheduled to discuss a temporary moratorium on demolishing homes which are "not a health and public safety hazard."

Buttigieg wants to tend to 1-thousand vacant South Bend homes in 1-thousand days, whether that means rehabilitating them or knocking them down. But Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. says that might not be the best option.

"There has not been a true plan adopted," he told FOX 28 on April 10. "A lot what the mayor's plan, 75 page report, it's basically telling us what we already know."

Davis says Buttigieg's plan does not do enough to address rebuilding neighborhoods instead of tearing homes down.

"Development cannot be an after thought. The folks in the community cannot be an after thought."

The next day Mayor Buttigieg appeared on the FOX 28 Morning Show and delivered his response to Davis' sentiments. He said he does want to save homes, but some of them are beyond repair.

"I would expect the last thing the council would want is to put up more red tape, create more forms and more hurdles, when we could be doing something about that so the neighbor living next door to it doesn't have to suffer," he said.

Monday night's meeting will begin at 7 o'clock. FOX 28 will let you know what developments come about in the vacant and abandoned housing issue as they become available on air and online at FOX28.com.

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