NOW A PLAN TO FIGHT THE BLIGHHT. MEG BAKER SHOWS US FROM A COMMUNITY. Reporter: NOW LEASING SIGNS FILL MOST OF THE WINDOWS IN THIS SHOPPING CENTER OFF HOOPER AVENUE IN NEW JERSEY. GET STORES AND SMALLER SHOPS CLOSE DUE TO COMPETITION FROM ONLINE VENDORS. THE MAYOR PUT A PLAN TOGETHER TO ENCOURAGE NEW BUSINESSES TO MOVE IN. WE HAVE AN EMPTY STORE FRONT PROGRAM HERE WHERE ANY STORE FRONT THAT’S BEEN EMPTY FOR AT LEAST A YEAR AND THE STORE FRONT IS LESS THAN — 5,000 SQUARE FEET OR LESS. WE WAIVE ALL TOWNSHIP FEES. Reporter: THE MAYOR SAID THE VILLAGE PLAZA IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PROGRAM OF SUCCESS. THERE’S MORE PLACES EMPTY THAN OPEN IN HERE. Reporter: THE OWNER OF HEADS UP HAIR STEWARD YELLOW SAID SHE LOOKED TO RENT A SALON THAT WAS SET UP BUT RENT WAS TOO HIGH. WAIVING START UP COSTS HELPED HER START FROM SCRATCH. PERMIT FEES FOR PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL ADD UP QUICKLY. WHEN THE FEES WERE WAIVED. Reporter: MARY BETH WAS LOOKING TO OPEN IN ANOTHER TOWN BUT CHOSE BRICK BECAUSE OF THE START UP SAVINGS. ANOTHER OBJECTIVE IS TO STOP BUSINESSES FROM BUILDING NEW STRUCTURES AND BUILD INTO THOSE THAT ALREADY EXIST. THERE ARE PLENTY OF STRIP MALLS TO PICK FROM. SOME CRITICIZED PROGRAM SAYING IT TAKES MONEY AWAY FROM TAXPAYERS BUT THE MAYOR SAYS A SHOP THAT’S OPEN PAYS MORE IN TAXES THAN AN EMPTY ONE. WE DON’T GET THE PER MET FEES IN BUT WHEN YOU FILL AN EMPTY SPOT NOW THE OWNER OF THE MALL IS NOW PAYING MORE IN TAXES BOUGHT IT’S BASED ON THEIR OCCUPANCY. Reporter: THAT’S LESS FOR HOMEOWNERS AND MORE