Fruit Belt Residents Push to Develop Vacant Lots
The Fruit Belt's "Community First Alliance" is asking the city of Buffalo to lift a moratorium on vacant lots in the neighborhood.
The alliance says more than 200 city-owned lots in the area are literally at a stand-still. The city's moratorium prevents them from being sold and stops developers from creating new projects. The CFA says the city should develop a "community land trust" to give residents a say in what happens to those spaces.
"We want to have multiple developers to come in and basically show us different projects, and then for the citizens or the residents of the Fruit Belt to pick which projects that we want, and which ones we don't want," said Harvil Hill, the president of advisory council.
Members say they do not want one developer to get control of all the lots.