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Monday, April 15, 2013

Vacant Lots In City Could Be Greened Up

Common Council getting a proposal tonight to approve spending $10,000 on a pilot programme designed to beautify, to a certain extent, vacant lots in the urban core after buildings are torn down. 

Top soil and grass will be put down from May to October after the building is demolished. 

This was the brainchild of  North End Common Councillor John MacKenzie who first suggested this be done shortly after the municipal election. Initially, the idea went nowhere with one concern being the fact these properties are privately owned. City Staff are also concerned if the lots get overgrown with grass, they might become targets for fires and illegal dumping.

It's estimated to cost from 2 to 3 thousand dollars to seed a typical lot.