The City monitors vacant buildings to see if they are secured, if they are being rehabilitated, or if they should be torn down. If a building is not secured, the inspector can order the owner to secure it. In addition, if necessary, the City can board-up and secure the building.
If the building is not rehabilitated, the City may determine it is a nuisance and take action to have it torn down if rehabilitation is infeasible. Buildings that may be regarded as nuisances include any dangerous buildings, any unsecured or boarded buildings, any building unoccupied for a year or longer which has multiple code violations, condemned, or any building under construction with an incomplete exterior shell for up to one year. If only a portion of a building is hazardous (such as a porch or chimney) it can be torn down without demolishing the entire building.
For more information, please visit the Vacant Building section of the website.
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