Mayor Karl Dean has requested $114,000 be appropriated to Metro Codes to demolish 15 dilapidated buildings deemed to be public safety hazards.
The request is part of a resolution the mayor’s office regularly files with the Metro Council to provide additional funds to cover unexpected department needs. The codes department has depleted its demolition fund for the current fiscal year.
“Like every city in America right now, Nashville has more abandoned buildings than is normal due to the national economic recession,” Dean said in a written statement.
“These buildings pose a danger to the public in a number of ways by becoming fire hazards, infested with vermin, and places for illegal activity,” he added. “They can bring down neighboring property values and all-around negatively impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. While our financial resources are tight, this is an important issue to address, and I believe the Metro Council will agree.”
The resolution, filed Friday, will be considered at the council’s April 20 meeting.
In a separate ordinance, codes has already proposed building and other construction-related permit fees be increased by 30 percent. The fee increase is to be considered by the council on third reading at the April 20 meeting.