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Public Forum to Examine Data Regarding Abandoned Properties

Friday March 29, 2013

VAPStat is Monday, April 29 at downtown library

Leaders from across Metro Government will gather next month for a public forum to examine and measure the progress and challenges stemming from Louisville’s numerous vacant and abandoned properties.

VAPStat — short for Vacant and Abandoned Properties Statistics — will use data and metrics to assess Metro Government’s performance in tackling the complex problems associated with the city’s many vacant properties.

“This forum is a chance for the public to see and to track how the city is dealing with these properties,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “VAPStat will be held every other month — and we want the public to hold us accountable.”

VAPStat will be similar in form to LouieStat, the Louisville Statistics program that tracks and measures performance of city government departments. The city’s Office of Performance Improvement oversees LouieStat and will manage VAPStat in coordination with the Departments of Codes and Regulations and Community Services and Revitalization.

The data to be examined includes:

· Number of foreclosures started and closed;

· Number of demolitions completed and the number pending;

· Amount of property liens collected;

· Number of cutting, boarding and cleaning requests completed and pending;

· Number and location of vacant properties.

The first VAPStat forum is 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 at the Louisville Free Public Library, Main Downtown Branch, in the Centennial Room.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Fischer administration has set a strategic goal of reducing abandoned properties by 40 percent by 2015 and 67 percent by 2017.