Working with Municipalities to Restore Abandoned Properties to the Tax Base
Working with numerous municipalities in the Greater Boston area, including the Cities of Woburn, Revere, Everett, Chelsea and Town of Winthrop, our Tax Title Recovery team leads efforts to restore abandoned and dangerous properties and enforce compliance with the Massachusetts Sanitary Code. This work protects public health and safety, and returns property to local government tax rolls. This is a sample of some of our successes:
18-20 Campbell Street, Woburn – This property was a locus of criminal activity and a blight on the downtown Woburn neighborhood. Our team enabled the property to be fully redeveloped, brought into compliance with the State Sanitary Code, and sold at public auction.
53 Thorndike Street, Revere – This property had been abandoned for many years by its owners – a far-ranging class of more than 40 heirs – to the point where a tree had grown through the driveway, and the surrounding lots had become drastically overgrown with shrubbery. Our Tax Title Recovery team worked with the City of Revere to facilitate a full rehabilitation and sale of the property.
28 Central Avenue, Everett – As a result of the shoddy lending practices of the early 2000’s, this property’s former owners and its mortgage lender left it abandoned, without heat, hot water, or plumbing. Working with the City of Everett, our Tax Title Recovery team laid the groundwork for this property’s sale and revitalization.
48 Beacon Street, Winthrop – Condemned as a result of severe hoarding conditions and failing structural elements, and previously serving as a perpetual blight on the Winthrop Shore, this property was fully restored to its former glory.
398 Shirley Street, Winthrop – Previously abandoned by its former owner and the mortgage lender, with dangerous hoarding and severe structural damage, this property was fully rehabilitated.
101 – 103 – 105 Shurtleff Street, Chelsea – Working in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, our team won a court ruling invoking the “extraordinary circumstances” power for authorization and approval to conduct the Commonwealth’s first ever and one-of-a-kind combined tax title/ receivership auction. The court ruling and auction has transformed an entire city block, taking three fire-ravaged buildings and undergoing full repairs and renovations.