I'm not sure how many years ago this store closed but the owner commented that she had sold this building to the city a year ago and that she had used the building for storage for years. This leads me to my next question. Why does the city allow these buildings and store front properties that sit on a busy thoroughfare to be junked up and to appear abandoned, only to be used as storage?
You can easily see in some of these store front windows, old boxes in some cases stacked wall to wall or ceiling to floor, covered in dust that make this area into an eyesore. Do they not require some sort of special use permit to turn a commercial property into a storage unit? This old store was allowed to sit filled with old unsold merchandise, collecting dust on one of the busiest streets in town, for years!
The place that sits almost directly in front of that now empty lot needs to go right along with it. Some kind of garage crammed on a tiny lot, looking like slum property again, sitting right smack in the middle of downtown. The only other property that looks worse than this garage is the cock roach and bed bug infested Relax Inn. Both of these places should have been bulldozed down years ago.
If that ran down junky looking garage is allowed to remain in the heart of downtown, they need to be forced to clean it up. They need to be made to put up some fencing to hide the tiny lot jammed packed full of cars among other things. How can they ever improve this area with these ran down dirty commercial properties allowed to sit and decay year after year with no upkeep or improvement?