Frankfort leaders clean up city’s ‘slum lords’

In 2012, Frankfort residents complained about the state of homes in Frankfort's neighborhoods and residents resorted to putting signs in their yards protesting so-called "Slum Lords." (WLFI Photo)
In 2012, Frankfort residents complained about the state of homes in Frankfort's neighborhoods and residents resorted to putting signs in their yards protesting so-called "Slum Lords." (WLFI Photo)

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Dilapidated properties in Frankfort spur changes to maintenance codes, and city leaders hope those changes draw new businesses to the area.

In the fall of 2012, News 18 reported on Frankfort residents complaining about the state of homes in the city’s neighborhoods. At the time, people were putting signs in their yards protesting so-called “Slum Lords.”

Mayor Chris McBarnes said those signs were a call to action for city officials to come together and fix the problem. Since then, McBarnes has hired two more building inspectors and reworked property maintenance codes.

In 2013, the City of Frankfort issued 17 permits to demolish blighted buildings. Mayor McBarnes said the work will contribute to long term plans for the city.

“Having that standard housing [and] raising that standard is going to draw in new businesses. It’s going to complement projects such as Ivy Tech, ConAgra and workforce development in the community,” said McBarnes. “So, it only projects our community into the 21st century and allows us to capture those young professionals that we’re going for.”

McBarnes said the city has started the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. It’s made up of volunteers who help clean up homes in the Frankfort community.

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