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Blight Remediation

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Introduction

In 2016, Mayor Bronin appointed the City’s first Blight Director, Laura Settlemyer. Laura leads the Division of Blight Remediation, known as the Blight Remediation Team (BRT), which works to eliminate blight in Hartford. BRT targets privately and publicly owned residential, commercial, and industrial properties that have become vacant, abandoned, foreclosed, or deteriorated and are negatively impacting the quality of life in Hartford’s neighborhoods. BRT works very closely with other City departments and community partners to respond to and abate nuisances such as graffiti, litter, and illegal dumping. To report blight, contact 311.

About our Blight Director

Laura Settlemyer brings nearly a decade of experience working with communities in the field of reclaiming vacant, abandoned, deteriorating, and foreclosed properties. Laura moved to Hartford from Detroit, where she worked for the Center for Community Progress, partnering with Michigan's land banks and cities, particularly Detroit and Flint, on strategies for shaping and implementing efficient, effective, and equitable policies to revitalize properties and neighborhoods. Prior to Detroit Laura lived in New Orleans where she worked in the City Attorney’s Office under Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu. While there she served as counsel to the Department of Code Enforcement, the Department of Housing Policy & Community Development, and the Capital Projects Administration. Laura also spent three years practicing law with McGlinchey Stafford PLLC in the firm’s New Orleans office. Laura first became engaged in her field when she traveled to New Orleans in January 2006 as a first-year law student to volunteer as part of the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. She earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law and her A.B. in Economics from Harvard University. 

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Office of the Mayor
550 Main Street, Room 200
Hartford, CT 06103
Main: 860-757-9500

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