Dangerous buildings under scrutiny

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Dangerous buildings in Sherman will soon be under scrutiny. The city council passed an ordinance cracking down on buildings they deem are a public nuisance, meaning they are dangerous, rotted, decayed, or could hurt someone.

A building owner will have to make repairs, vacate it if it's occupied, or even tear it down at the owner's expense. Business owners say this could help spruce up downtown Sherman.

"We want to bring back the life of downtown Sherman and I think this is going to be a perfect opportunity for us," says John Arriazola, owner of Lupe’s Famous Tamales.

City inspectors will determine if a building does not meet the code. Business owners will have a stated amount of time to make improvements.

"What we have to do is be smart, get the property owners to take care of their properties and this will be a tool to help us get where we need to be downtown and throughout the city," says George Olson, Sherman city manager.

If you're a property owner and are unsure if your building meets the code, city officials suggest checking with city hall.

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  • by Erica Location: Sherman on Mar 6, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    I think Woodmen's Circle should be renovated. Its too beautiful of a building to just be sitting there and I definatley don't won't it to be torn down. This place was home to many children and our elders. Its sad to think Sherman is just letting it sit there and do nothing about it. I think we or whomever will should get together and do something about it.
  • by Nathan Location: Plano on Feb 4, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    WHAT THE HELL? you can't tear down historical landmarks that are "eye sores"...I think they're beautiful pieces of history, especially certain homes like your Woodmen's Circle Home...that has a major part to do with your towns history and as a tribute you should let it stand or renovate it...if it wasn't for that orphanage and home for widows then Sherman probably wouldn't be what it is today and the guys sitting in rule over this proposition wouldn't even be there probably...theres more to buildings, especially really old ones, that meets the eye...theres more sentimental value there for all to enjoy especially the home owners and people have lived in Sherman their whole life
  • by me Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    Hey anonymous in Sherman: Are you willing to put up some money and time to help people renovate those homes on the east side of Sherman since it is so appalling to you? It amazes me that you don't understand that some people can barely afford such houses and have no choice but to live in those properties. If you are not in a professional business, then you aren't making squat in this area. They closed the good paying factories around here. Sherman doesn't care about the houses on the east side because they won't bring business to downtown.
  • by anonymous Location: sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    I was hoping this would be directed more at residential properties on the east side of Sherman. I'm amazed at how people can live in some of those.
  • by me Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Needs parking and a bar. So you can drive home drunk.
  • by Resident Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    My problem with downtown is the lack of parking. I have no desire to walk 2 or 3 blocks just to shop or eat. I take my daughter downtown to get her hair done but that's about it. For me it's not because of how it looks but that there is little parking and the price in the shops.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    They should really check into the units at Diamond Place apartments.. I think I'll call and give them a heads up :)
  • by Ron Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    Thank you City Council! I know it is tough to try to force property owners to spend money on their own property, but, if it doesn't get started these buildings will continue to decay. Fix the properties up and raise the rent a little. It will be worth it! Downtown Sherman has been neglected too long! It is embarrasing to drive by these worn out buildings when we are trying to show people how wonderful Sherman is. Sherman is a much better looking residential downtown area than a lot of other towns and is improving at a steady pace with new housing being built. We need the commercial buildings to catch up!
  • by michelle Location: howe on Jan 9, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    If Mr. Arrizola is so concerned about cleaning up downtown, why doesn't he start by removing his illegally placed easel signs in the sidewalk. You know the ones, they are leaned up against various downtown buildings. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I wonder why the city lets him leave those signs out there anyway? Can any business just prop up plywood signs against downtown buildings to advertise their business? I doubt it.
  • by Charlotte Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    Woodmen's Circle Home
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