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.