GREENSBORO, N.C. — On a bright, beautiful day in Greensboro, downtown is often the place to be. But for every storefront that draws you in, there might be one that's not so inviting even, run down.
"If you have something you need to use it, or else it is going to rot and destroy and just be an eyesore," said Madison Bergstedt, who works at Vintage to Vogue, "And it's gonna be another reason people don't want to come downtown."
Dilapidated commercial buildings aren't breaking any current ordinances, but City Councilman, Justin Outling, says that needs to change. He says buildings in disrepair might be enough to turn away new businesses, and he wants to make sure building owners take responsibility.
"You can go by buildings that have moss growing, that have rodents in them, disrepair for decades and decades, and those buildings do not fall in violation of any city code ordinance. That is insanity!" he said.
Outling is proposing a 'good repair' ordinance, where commercial property owners would need to make sure their buildings are safe.
"Boarded up windows, trash, decay - those are blights and unsafe and they bring down the entirety of the community," he said, "Those things will be not be allowed."
One building owner tells us, it should be up to the owner to decide what they want to do with the building - and when they shouldn't be regulated by the city.
Others, like salon owner Cara Hodges says, she's ready to spruce up the eye-sores.
"It's kind of like when you have a really beautiful house, but your neighbors don't keep up with their yard. It's pretty much the same," she said.
Outling says, 'good repair' is common sense.
"As long as property owners, good property owners, take care of the problems in a somewhat timely manner, they will have no problem meeting the standards, just like most residential property owners don’t have any problem meeting the residential standards that have long existed in the city," he said.
You can hear more about those proposed standards, at a public meeting Wednesday afternoon. It starts at 4:30 at the Greensboro Central Library, at 219 N. Church Street.