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Roseburg imposes fines on owners of derelict buildings

The buildings have sat empty and are boarded up, so the city has taken action to try to get them back on the market.

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 4:40 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2018 5:15 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The City of Roseburg is imposing fines on 18 derelict buildings in city limits, including the old Safeway and Rite-Aid buildings.

City officials said the two buildings have been vacant for at least 10 years.

Thanks to a revised ordinance, they are able to register them as derelict.

That means the owners pay a registration fee of $530 and monthly fees at the same amount.

Richard Burchell, who was dropped off by a greyhound bus in the area, said he hopes it encourages the owners to clean up.

“Even if you took care of the weeds, picked up some of the trash, and I mean, cover the graffiti if you really feel so inclined,” Burchell said. “I’m not hugely against graffiti, I think it’s a form of public art. So, that can stay as long as it’s something crafty. But, at least make it look clean on the area.”

The ordinance classifies the buildings as derelict because they're boarded up, unsecured and haven't maintained landscaping.

If the owners fix those issues, they will be taken off the derelict registry.

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