Blighted properties at all-time low in Agawam

Blighted properties peaked last summer

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The number of blighted properties in the Town of Agawam are at an all-time low.

In a release sent to 22News, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen said the blight/vacant property list in town is down to 46 properties. That’s the lowest number on record. The list of blighted properties peaked mid-2016, when Cohen says 72 properties were on the list.

Agawam has been going after banks and property owners, enforcing code, levying fines and taking legal action to clean up town and increase property values, such as the former Games and Lanes on Walnut Street which is ready for redevelopment and an eyesore on Royal Lane where a new home now stands.

The mayor said the “fight against blight” has been one of the top priorities of his administration.

“One blighted property is one too many and I will continue to pursue banks and property owners to bring their property into compliance with Town Code,” Cohen said. “No resident, no neighborhood should have to look at a vacant or run down dilapidated property.”

Mayor Cohen says they’re in a legal battle with the Caesar’s property on Silver Street. He said he will encourage the next mayor to continue his initiative.