SALISBURY, N.C. – An ordinance by city leaders in Salisbury might attract more people to open up shops in downtown because of a new downtown maintenance code.
The code will regulate nuisances like awnings with tears, broken windows, graffiti and grass that is too high.
Property owners will not be penalized for just having a broken window or a slight tear in their store awning. In both cases the tear and break must cover at least 30 percent of awnings or windows. Cracks and slight rips would not count. In the case of grass, it must exceed at least 12 inches.
All the rules were discussed by the City Council before they voted to enact the new ordinances.
Sharon Neufield says downtown Salisbury is a great place to come and shop. Visiting the area from her native Canada, she said the only problem with downtown is the lack of shops.
"You've got a neat little town where people would want to come visit," she said. "I love to come visit old towns. They attract people, especially people from the north where you don't have a history."
The rules are meant to help enhance the look of the downtown area and spur economic growth.
Mandy Sifford has owned This and That Gifts on Innes Street for two years. She agrees with the vast majority of business owners who like the new ordinances.
"I think if the other places clean up it will bring new business into the area also," Sifford said. "I think it’s great Salisbury…is trying to go up from what it used to be."