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Lexington To Crack Down On Vacant Properties

Officials in Lexington are beginning to crack down on properties that are vacant and blighted.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city plans to send letters to owners of 330 residential and commercial properties that are suspected of being vacant and blighted.

Jonathan Hollinger, an administrator with the city's planning department, says letters will go out in coming weeks. Property owners will have a chance to contest the allegation.

If they don't or are unsuccessful, the properties will be certified as vacant and blighted and will face a property tax increase next year.

Chip Crawford, who is chairman of the city's Vacant Property Review Commission, says the measure isn't meant to be punitive. He says the hope is that owners will repair or sell the properties.