Experts Visit Knoxville to Discuss Blighted, Vacant Properties

Interested in reducing crime, poverty, and disease? How about improving urban development, the environment, and your property value?

On Thursday evening the city and county will jointly welcome two outside experts on blighted properties and vacant lots to provide their assessment and solutions. Dan Kildee and Amy Hovey of the Genesee Institute, formed in Flint, Mich. to deal with urban development and decay, will meet with citizens and public officials to discuss best practices for handling these fallen properties. It's part of a combined effort by local governments to identify the scope of the problem in Knoxville and strategies for reducing its incidence.

Those attending include city and county officials from community development, codes enforcement, and the law departments; County Trustee Fred Sisk and the city tax office; the Knox County Health Dept., the Council of Involved Neighborhoods; Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC); the Metropolitan Planning Commission; and the Development Corporation.

The meeting is open to all and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St. at East Fifth Avenue.