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ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Adrian city leaders are discussing an ordinance that could potentially increase property values and bring new life to run-down buildings. The goal is to get vacant buildings and homes cleaned up in the downtown Adrian area.

"It's very frustrating. It affects business. I think it would be a good change" said Kim Cremeans, a hair stylist at Nicole's Salon and Spa. She is located right across the street from some of these vacant buildings. She continues on to say she's ready to see new businesses share their block.

Adrian's City Administer Dane Nelson agrees with Cremeans. He's hoping a new ordinance will do just that.

We want people to maintain it and if they're not actively trying to market the property hopefully this will move them to clean it up and get it on the market so we can get a new owner who will take care of it" said Nelson.

The ordinance would require property owners to register their home or building when it becomes vacant.

"That puts it on a list with us then we can make sure the property is maintained sufficiently. If they don't maintain it sufficiently then the city will go in and take care of the maintenance steps for it and charge back the property on the tax bill" said Nelson.

Several other Michigan cities already have similar ordinances in place. City leaders are expected to vote on this within the next few weeks.

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