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More Blight to be Attacked in Zeeland


ZEELAND, MI (WHTC) - Last month it was graffiti, and this month, vacant buildings in Zeeland are the target.

City Council members on Monday night passed an ordinance amendment that would add teeth into enforcement efforts towards abandoned or vacant buildings. Owners have 72 hours to board up and secure such structures once a city order has been received, or they will be charged for municipal crews to do the job, with a 45-day limit on such boarding. That same three-day-long time frame was approved in March for building owners to clean up graffiti from their property or face fines. Holland passed a similar graffiti ordinance last week, aimed at cutting down on copy-cat “turf markings” by rival gangs, but it has a five-day grace period, as opposed to Zeeland’s three.

Also during the meeting, Zeeland's leaders approved a 12-year, 10.8 million-dollar abatement request by Herman Miller to install Energy Center equipment upgrades at its main headquarters, and awarded a series of grants for community services.