Many citizens have expressed concern to the Cape Charles Mirror regarding several dilapidated, ill-kempt properties that exist in Town. Of particular concern, was the belief that the town was powerless to do much about it. In terms of the Historic District Overlay, that is a question well worth exploring. As a point of reference, we might begin by using the Duplex at 545-549 Monroe Ave. As is indicated in the photos, the property is listed as uninhabitable, has quite a bit of structural rot, as well as broken windows and a completely open door to the elements on the second floor.
What can the Town do? According to Planner Larry DiRe, by way of context, the remedies do exist, particularly in Article VIII of the zoning ordinance, sections 8.21, 8.22, and 8.23. In the Town Code it is addressed in Chapter 18 (Buildings and Building Regulation) Article III Sections 18-20 to 18-25. For reference, will we list the most of the code referenced, however, it appears Section C of 8.23 Maintenance and Repair Required, may provide an interesting option — the Town goes in and makes the repairs, and then places a lien on the property until they get paid back for their efforts.