Over the past year the city of Sullivan has been clearing abandoned homes.
The Initiative took place in 2012 and the goal was to take six to eight properties. So far only five properties have been taken.
The city forces the owner to pay the mortgage by tax time or the county seizes ownership of the property. As soon as the property is in the city’s possession they get the abandoned buildings down promptly.
The ultimate plan is to clean up the neighborhoods and redevelop these sites.