ILION, N.Y. – Two more parcels have been added to the list of potential buyout properties in the village of Ilion.
Mayor Terry Leonard reported at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ilion village board that he received a letter stating that two properties the state had rejected earlier for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood buyout program have now been approved.
“We’d need approval from the property owners,” said Leonard. “We don’t know where they stand.”
The board voted to pursue the buyout of the two additional properties and move ahead with purchases if the owners are agreeable.
The village was planning to purchase 33 properties under the program with closing dates set for late July and early August. The village started the buyout process with more than 100 homes being considered. FEMA approved 42 of them for the buyout program, but some dropped out.
The board also approved a change order for Barton and Loguidice for additional work that was necessitated when an underground fuel storage tank was found under a flood buyout property at the corner of Second and John streets.
Demolition work on the buyout properties is expected to be completed by the end of October, Leonard said. Once the property is purchased under the program, buildings on that parcel must be razed; the land cannot be sold and nothing can be built on it. The goal of the buyout program is to reduce the risk of flood damage by demolishing homes that are in harm’s way.
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