It is hereby found and declared that there exist in the City multiple-dwelling structures and apartment houses which are, or may become in the future, substandard with respect to structure, equipment or maintenance; or further, that such conditions including but not limited to structural deterioration, lack of maintenance and appearance of the exterior of such buildings, infestation, existence of fire hazards, unsanitary conditions and overcrowding constitute a menace to the peace, health, safety, welfare and reasonable comfort of the residents of the City. It is further found and declared that by reason of lack of maintenance and because of progressive deterioration, certain properties have the further effect of creating blighting conditions; and that if the same are not curtailed and removed, such conditions will grow and spread and will necessitate in time the expenditure of large amounts of public funds to correct and eliminate same; and that by reason of timely regulation as herein contained, the growth of blight may be prevented and the neighborhood and property values thereby maintained, the desirability and amenities of multiple-dwelling and apartment house uses and neighborhoods enhanced, and the public peace, health, safety and welfare protected and improved.
(Ord. 94-4. Enacted 2-28-94.)