Vacant buildings, and the problems associated with them, have become increasingly common in neighborhoods throughout the city in the last few years. These buildings can be difficult to adequately maintain, and are often entered or inhabited without the owner’s permission. This can lead to greater fire risks, illegal drug use and other criminal activities, and other health and safety hazards for occupants, neighbors, and emergency services providers.
We are studying possible changes to the Land Use Code and the Housing and Building Maintenance Code in order to respond to an increase in the problems associated with vacant buildings in the city.
Our recommendations will:
We will submit a set of recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in early 2017.