UPDATE: I was told today by a property investor that are interested in buying the homes they have found about 15 homes in that area that are marked between Sanford on Grange Avenue and Minnesota. A city councilor recently told this person that there are HUNDREDS of houses owned by Sanford in this neighborhood.
These houses are on a strip between 19th and 20th on Walts Avenue just East of a Sanford parking lot. The red dots have been on the houses for quite awhile (at least a year). They are abandoned, but they do look like they could be moved or rehabbed. My guess is they are abandoned Sanford homes that they are just sitting on until they can be moved or demolished for another parking lot. It is sad with all the affordable housing issues we have in town that 6 rentals that could house up to 20 people or more just sit empty while waiting for the wrecking ball.
While the unoccupied housing fee is meant to put a dent in this, I think some of the biggest offenders are these bigger non-profits hoarding up housing stock and either not renting it out or just letting it go to crap.