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The issue on the table – what should be done when it comes to building maintenance problems around the square? Several buildings have structural problems, the most notable being the wall collapse of a building on Market Street. How can we as a community better approach this situation?
Questions to Consider
- What ordinances could be put in place for preservation of downtown buildings?
- Should the local governments help with the cost of maintenance and repair?
- Is this something that should be the sole responsibility of the building owner?
- Should buildings on the square be held to the same standards as other homes and structures that are inspected and condemned by the local government?
- Should condemned structures be allowed to be sold by the local government after being condemned?
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