City commissioners tightened rules that would help control blight and gave their blessing to a revitalized townhome project that halted during the economic downturn.
Three amended city ordinances, passed unanimously, will address squatters, drug users and prostitutes that are often associated with abandoned buildings. Buildings will be posted with prohibitions against squatting, violators will be subject to arrest and there will be procedures for boarding up buildings. Cases will be handled by a special magistrate, since they often cover a variety of legal issues.
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