ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL TO EXPLORE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE
(Atlantic) Should Atlantic adopt a Property Maintenance Ordinance? That topic was discussed at the Atlantic City Council meeting Wednesday night. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the city is facing the dilemma of trying to curb the proliferation of dilapidated and dangerous structures.
“Right now we have a “dangerous structure,” which means the building is falling down and beyond the point of repair,” Stated Harris. “Usually the building doesn’t have much value so we end up tax acquiring the property. The city is then responsible for maintaining the property which can be very expensive for the taxpayers.”
Harris these structures have an adverse effect on surrounding property values, which overtime results in the further spread of blight.
“As we all know as a building becomes blighted it has a negative impact on the values of neighboring properties, and blight just tends to spread,” said Harris. “The ordinance is one tool that could potentially be used to prevent the spread of blight.”
Harris says one approach cities have employed to address this problem is the implementation of what are called property maintenance ordinances or minimum maintenance codes. The objective of these ordinances is to keep properties from deteriorating to the point that they are dilapidated and dangerous structures by requiring property owners to keep structures in reasonably good repair.
The Council didn’t make a decision but has agreed to consider the idea and decide how to proceed at its next council meeting.