Minot leaders propose plan to address blighted homes

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Officials in Minot are working to address blighted properties that were neglected after the devastating flood that hit the northern North Dakota city five years ago.

The City Council met Tuesday and proposed using $800,000 of a federal grant for a program to purchase blighted properties, which are also known as "zombie" homes. The council also proposed using another $800,000 to create a small business revolving loan fund.

The proposal would offer owners of blighted properties current value on their homes in the buyout. Landowners neighboring the properties could also purchase the adjacent lots.

The plan would re-allocate unused money from a 2012 Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program.

The city council will seek public comment on the plan over a 30-day period.