The City of Rochester is one of 18 cities throughout New York State to receive the Cities RISE (Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement) grant through the New York State Attorney General’s office. This grant is intended to provide assistance to municipalities in their dealings with vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties. The Cities Rise grant provides access to the BuildingBlocks platform, which integrates a variety of data sets related to the various activities associated with vacant and/or potentially problem properties.

BuildingBlocks works best on Chrome or Firefox. It will NOT work on Internet Explorer. 

View a City led training video on Building Blocks 

 Building Blocks screenshot

Data on the BuildingBlocks interface includes:   Vacancy, Business Permits, Open Code Enforcement Cases, Crime Data, Water Bills, Real Estate Sales, Monroe County Foreclosure Starts (Lis Pendens), Owner Vs Renter, Use Codes, Building Size, Assessed Values, City Owned, Year Built, Lot Size, Nuisance Points, and Census data. 

To view detailed information on the data sets available, please see the attached chart

For instructions on how to use the software, please view the additional training videos or refer to this training guide

Please contact Henry Fitts with specific questions.