- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County could create safeguards in hopes of preventing historically significant properties from becoming too dilapidated to repair.

The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/1No55y8 ) reports that the County Council will vote Tuesday on whether to change a law to stop developers from purposely letting historic structures become so run down that they have to be razed.

Such a practice is called “demolition by neglect.” Officials say the properties frequently are on land acquired for subdivisions or other developments. In other situations, the landowners don’t have enough money to pay for upkeep.

The new law would apply to 61 structures that have been deemed historically significant by the county.

The proposed law would require the structures to undergo inspections twice a year. The county would also set aside $200,000 to cover emergency repairs.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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