The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is expected to announce a new program Tuesday that will allow Syracuse police officers, firefighters and school teachers to buy land bank houses in the city for half price as long as they live in them for at least five years.

The land bank’s board of directors is expected to approve the new policy during its meeting Tuesday, said Katelyn Wright, executive director. The board’s governance committee has already signed off on the idea, she said.

The board of directors will hold its annual meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St.

Wright said the land bank developed the discount program in response to a suggestion from several city councilors, who bemoaned the fact that many cops, firefighters and teachers live in the suburbs, far from the neighborhoods they serve.

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