Consider it another example of the work we are doing to ensure property owners live up to our ordinance requirements and do what’s right by the city they call home.
Lawsuits are a last a resort, but they a tool we are using more and more. We have to. Enough is enough, with some of these property owners.
From Biz Times …
The city of South Milwaukee is suing the owner of Sunrise Plaza, arguing code violations and a lack of maintenance violate a 2001 development agreement that included city money to redevelop the property.
“All you have to do is drive by and see it and you’ll see it suffers from even the most basic maintenance issues,” said South Milwaukee mayor Erik Brooks. “We’re at the point now where we’re not going to take that.” …
Brooks said ideally the court action will compel compliance with the city’s orders, but he added that if property owners do not want to invest they could at least sell to someone who will. He added that South Milwaukee has increased its emphasis on code enforcement and he’s willing to continue taking legal action if necessary.
“I don’t want to overuse this tool,” he said before adding the city has “certainly been more willing than ever to step up and take this step.”
Brooks also acknowledged the city has to work to find the right owners for properties and to provide tools and incentives to those who do want to invest in what they own. “You’re not going to redevelop your city based on punitive measures alone,” he said.