Building database aims to be “early warning”

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While city documents and records can be a pain to browse through, a new database covering 57,857 buildings in four boroughs (Staten Island isn’t included) hopes to alert the public to physically and financially stressed properties with less hassle, according to Crain’s. The Building Indicator Project, a database developed by non-profit group University Neighborhood Housing Program, will allow subscribers beginning in June. It will offer up information about buildings’ outstanding home code violations, liens and other shady indicators. Abby Jo Sigal, a vice president with Enterprise Community Partners, which was a technical partner in the system’s development, said that this program will provide crucial information previously inaccessible to the public. “It’s an early warning system so buildings will get the attention they need,” Sigal said. [Crain’s]

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