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New Xenia Program Couples Building Inspection, Economic Development
XENIA -- The City of Xenia is rolling out a new program that will mesh code enforcement with economic development to help strengthen its downtown, what they call the core of the city.
The Downtown Building Checkup program is an expanded version of the Fire Divisions existing annual inspection program and is intended to be an annual event. It involves proactive inspections of nonresidential or mixed-use buildings in the historic core of downtown Xenia by City enforcement and economic development personnel.
The inspections are expected to address:
Inventory each buildings strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats.
Assessment of each buildings potential for business and residential growth and highest and best use.
Opportunities for the City and/or the Downtown Xenia Now organization to provide assistance with structural assessment/design/rehabilitation or business marketing/recruitment/retention/expansion.
Fire, Building and Property Maintenance Code deficiencies that threaten the safety and marketability of downtown buildings.
The city says it will work with property owners about code violations and also help identify candidates for potential incentives and inform development of future programs to encourage private investment in and marketing of downtown building space.
According to a city news release, the multi-agency coordination associated with the Downtown Building Checkup will use staff resources more efficiently, improve information-sharing, and improve customer service (due to reduced number of City inspections of a property needed).
The Fire Division has begun contacting downtown building owners, and inspections are scheduled for October and November.
The Downtown Building Checkup is a tool, the city says, that can help the City work toward the communitys goal of filling downtown buildings with businesses and residents that create a strong Xenia core.
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