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Hearing Wednesday On Mount Vernon Blight Study

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Residents will get the chance to tell the Mount Vernon City Council what they think about a study that found the neighborhood around S. 4th Avenue to be 58 percent blighted .

The public hearing, which will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, was set by the City Council at its Sept. 26 meeting, based on the findings of a study from the city’s Planning Department. With the exception of Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds, who abstained from the vote, all council members approved accepting the study to bring to the public.

“This area needs urban renewal,” said Council President Roberta Apuzzo. “By accepting this as the first step, we can plan for the future of Mount Vernon to move forward. I see brownstones in that neighborhood that could be redeveloped. We want to give them a new face and bring people into this community.”

The City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday after the public hearing. Residents will also get the opportunity to speak on any subject after the public hearing. The City Council will hold its work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The public is welcome to attend the meeting Tuesday but cannot participate.

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