LEWISTON — Landlords and property owners will discuss ways to fix downtown blight at a July 25 forum.
Property owner Adilah Muhammad, of the Lewiston Landlord Forum, said the topics at the group's July meeting will include a potential rental housing licensing program and appearance code.
City councilors and downtown tenants groups have been talking about ways to improve the safety and appearance of housing downtown lately. The city has agreed to hire an additional code enforcement officer to look at housing-related issues downtown.
The city's Downtown Neighborhood Action Plan seeks a licensing program as one way to keep a current list of landlords for code and fire department matters. City officials have suggested creating an appearance code for downtown apartments. That code could be enforced to push landlords to make their properties look better.
"It's apparent that the city is prepared to do something," Muhammad said. "We'd like to get our group out in front of it. We don't want to see landlords put into a predicament because of any council action. Still, we recognize that something needs to be done."
The July 25 forum is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce office, 415 Lisbon St. Landlords, real estate professionals and investors interested in participating should email Muhammad at firstname.lastname@example.org.