Decorative paper authorized by Clayton may be used to touch up vacant store fronts following a Sept. 11 vote by aldermen.
City code previously required that ground-level windows be covered by white butcher paper, a memo from City Manager Craig Owens states. The new ordinance permits either butcher paper or decorative paper created by city staff.
People with property in the Special Business District can obtain the decorative paper from the city at no cost while funds are available.
Vacant store fronts can be problematic because they can "create the impression of a deteriorating area, depressed property values, reduced pedestrian attraction and comfort," the ordinance states.
By offering decorative window paper, the city can "help combat those adverse social and economic risks, create a visually interesting pedestrian attraction, and promote the 'branding' and vitality of Clayton’s business neighborhoods."
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