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Pawtucket's Receivership Program Moves Forward to Combat Blight

This week, Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced that the City placed the first round of abandoned and problem properties into receivership. With the help and support of the City Council to strengthen the ordinances, the receivership program was established to ensure cleaner, safer neighborhoods for our residents, and positively impact surrounding property values. The City identified six nuisance properties and petitioned the Rhode Island Superior Court to place them into receivership to move forward with abatement.

"The receivership process is another tool for the City to improve the quality of life, property values and aesthetics for our residents and neighborhoods," said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. "We hear about these problem properties from residents who take pride in their neighborhood, and have made it a priority. We will be moving aggressively to have these problem properties cleaned up, as well as others across the city."

Two of the properties were appointed a receiver to oversee their clean-up, rehabilitation, and eventual sale. Four of the properties have new owners who are working to remedy all issues on the property. The City will continue to monitor their progress.

The City is also in the process of preparing the second round of properties to be placed in receivership.  The City Council and this administration will continue to address the needs of the residents and their quality of life issues. 

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