BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Common Council president Darius Pridgen is using an interesting strategy to get bad landlords to take care of their properties. He's focusing on abandoned buildings in the Ellicott District, which he represents.
On Friday, Pridgen was talking about Mohammad Kabir, who he called a "derelict landlord," who owns an abandoned church at 413 Sherman Street. Pridgen says Kabir, who wasn't available for an on camera interview, has neglected this property since buying it three years ago at an auction.
"This was in disrepair when he purchased it and he stated to me personally that he had the resources in order to build this facility and he wanted to turn it into some type of community center -- and it has just been a community eyesore," Pridgen said.
The church has broken windows and boarded up doors.
Pridgen says the building has been a haven for drug addicts.