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Former Mets first baseman becomes new owner of troubled South Bronx buildings

Omni New York, a real estate development company headed by former New York Mets first baseman Maurice “Mo” Vaughn, is the successful bidder of 14 troubled South Bronx buildings owned by Ocelot Capital Group, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, other politicians as well as Fannie Mae announced today. The mortgage debt on the dilapidated Ocelot buildings, which totals $23.8 million, was also purchased for a reduced price by Omni from Fannie Mae and Deutsche Bank through the bidding process. Omni plans to invest up to $1 million in emergency repairs and hopes to become the long-term owner of each property. “This is a big step in the right direction that puts these properties on the path to finding responsible ownership. Omni brings a track record of success and has worked with the city on some of our most challenging and distressed properties,” said Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael Cestero. TRD

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