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November 20, 2008

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John Landwehr

Yes, there are several ways to approach the problem of vacant buildings. The Administration Committee at the council is working on strategies. Ideally, property values increase and allow new investors to take over the properties. If that does not occur, will the public accept the idea of additional fees charged to such properties? There is some rationale for that step-- vacant properties tend to require more public safety attention -- police, fire, code enforcement, etc.

Samantha Renner

I've often wondered the same thing when driving past these particular properties. Although I have fond memories of visiting Dr. Fuchs' animal hospital as a child, I don't see the sense in allowing the building to sit vacant for another decade or so. Is there truly nothing the city can do?

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