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(a) The owner or person in control of the vacant commercial building shall submit a Vacant Building Plan that shall be approved by the Fire Chief or his designee. The Vacant Building Plan shall be selected from and include the minimum requirements from one of the three categories:
(1) Demolition. If the vacant commercial building is to be demolished, the Vacant Building Plan shall include a proposed time frame for demolition which shall include a commencement date within ninety (90) days of approval of the proposed demolition time frame and shall not exceed six (6) months in duration. The Fire Chief may grant an extension of time upon receipt of a written statement from the owner detailing the reasons for the extension.
(2) Secured Structure. If the vacant commercial building is to remain vacant, the Vacant Building Plan shall contain all of the following:
A. A typewritten plan for fire alarm and fire protection as required by the Fire Chief;
B. A typewritten plan of action to remedy any public nuisance existing in the building or on the property;
C. A typewritten lighting plan for the exterior of the building and property, walkways adjacent thereto, parking or loading areas, and nighttime illumination of areas and walkways of the building and property which may be vulnerable to vandalism and vagrancy as determined by the Chief of Police;
D. A typewritten regular maintenance plan for all exterior lighting and illumination fixtures;
E. A typewritten plan for the maintenance of all structural openings, such as windows, doors, areaways and other openings to avoid the necessity of boarding up. Windows, doors, areaways and other openings that are located on the first floor and facing the street shall not be papered, soaped, blacked-out or boarded up, and to avoid the appearance of being vacant, a form of display shall be set that shall be approved by the Fire Chief or designee.
F. A typewritten plan of action to maintain the vacant commercial building and property in compliance with the Vacant Building Maintenance Standards as set forth in Section 1302.08 of this Chapter.
(3) Rehabilitation. If the vacant commercial building is to be returned to lawful occupancy or use, the Vacant Building Plan shall include a rehabilitation time frame for the building and property. The rehabilitation time frame shall not exceed twelve (12) months unless approved by both the Fire Chief and Chief Building Official. All applicable laws shall be complied with and all required permits shall be obtained. The building shall be kept secured and in compliance with the Vacant Building Maintenance Standards as provided in Section 1302.08 of this Chapter at all times during rehabilitation. (Ord. 69-16. Passed 7-5-16.)