City making plans to address vacant buildings in Jacksonville

by: Leslie Coursey Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

On Thursday, a public meeting took place to try to figure out what to do with thousands of vacant, abandoned, and rundown homes in the city.

According to City Councilman Bill Gulliford, there are between 12,000 and 20,000 vacant properties in Jacksonville.

Representatives from several organizations from Five Star Veterans to Habijax are at City Hall to offer suggestions.  Suggestions include rehabbing properties, and perhaps, turning them into transitional housing for the working poor, veterans or for homeless mothers with children.

Gulliford would like to create an umbrella organization to tackle the issue.  He does not want to the organization to be city-run.


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