Greensboro City Leaders Want Downtown Buildings Fixed Up

6:36 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- Greensboro is one of many cities trying to keep a vibrant and inviting downtown. It's a process that has taken years, and it's always an ongoing thing.

One of the main ingredients of keeping a healthy downtown is filling empty spaces, and removing eyesores. Right now, there are buildings that have 'Condemned' signs on them, and that's never a good thing.

According to city data, there are 92 buildings in downtown that the city considers eyesores. Those structures have one or more violations, such as broken and boarded windows and doors. City crews have also reported buildings that have major exterior holes, open cracks and decayed surfaces.

"It's time to clean it up," said Mayor Robbie Perkins.

Mayor Perkins and other city council members are working together to come with a plan to clean up buildings downtown that are not up to code. They are calling for a "Good Repair Regulation." The city ordinance would try to preserve the character and integrity of downtown by maintaining downtown buildings.

And downtown business owners agree.

"I think downtown Greensboro is a crown jewel of our city. And, if some of the diamonds have fallen out. We need to figure out a way to get them back in," said John Bailey, owner of Salon Bailey's on S. Elm St.

The "Good Repair Compliance Process" will start with complaints, which will allow the property to be inspected to verify violations. Then, the owner will go through an appeal process. If the property is found to be in violation, the owner faces fines or criminal penalties.

The City plans to send letters and educational materials to downtown property owners to help them understand the ordinance and what needs to be done to make the necessary improvements.

Owners can expect the letter in the mail before June 1.

WFMY News 2

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