Falls officials claim victory in zombie home dispute

NIAGARA FALLS – Tentative settlement compels Citizens Bank to speed up proceedings.

Officials in the city’s Department of Community Development are declaring a “tactical victory” after obtaining a tentative settlement agreement with a national bank that will address a series of “zombie homes” owned by the institution.

The settlement, if approved by the Niagara Falls City Council next week, would conclude a lawsuit the department filed against Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and the affiliated Citizens Bank last year.