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Vacant buildings decline by a third in the past three years

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There are fewer vacant buildings in Winnipeg.

An administrative report to executive policy committee states the number of vacant buildings in the city has declined by a third in the past three years – 577 in 2010, to 392 as of the end of October this year.

The report states that on average 180 to 190 new vacant buildings are added to the list each year.

Three neighbourhoods saw the biggest decline in the number of vacant buildings:

  • William Whyte – 51 now, 78 in 2010;
  • Weston – 2 now, 24 in 2010;
  • West Alexander – 16 now, 26 in 2010.

The city’s goal is to keep the total number of vacant buildings each year to 390, give or take 15 per cent.

City hall relies on two bylaws to deal with vacant buildings: Vacant Buildings and Taking Title to Vacant and Derelict Buildings.

The report states that the city took title to 31 vacant buildings this year.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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