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Mayor Stimpson Introduces Legislation to Transform Boarded Buildings


June 25, 2018

Mobile, Ala.--Mayor Stimpson is introducing legislation to transform how blighted structures are secured. Rather than boarding windows with plywood, the proposed change would require City contractors to use a sheeting material that is thick, clear and shatter resistant. This change would apply to broken or missing windows and sliding glass doors.

The traditional practice of boarding up windows with plywood further contributes to blight leading to an increase in crime and a decline in property values, particularly in neighborhoods with a large number of vacant and abandoned buildings.

"Boarding windows with plywood is not just an eye sore," Mayor Stimpson said. "It's unsafe, unhealthy and damaging to the entire street. By making this small change, we can make a huge difference by stimulating economic activity and creating more vibrant neighborhoods. We will continue to fight blight by deploying the right tools to the right structures for faster solutions. Improving the City of Mobile's ability to address blighted structures is one of the critical steps to revitalizing our neighborhoods."

SecureView, a potential vendor, will offer free training for all City contractors on the installation process. You can watch how replacing boarded windows on blighted homes can transform a neighborhood.

The amended City ordinance is on Tuesday's City Council agenda.