Tag Archives: Reuse

Turning Detroit’s Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses

(Laura McDermott / The Atlantic)
Two years after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, its urban-farming scene is flourishing, with some 1,400 farms and community gardens spread across the city’s 139 square miles. Many local growers worry that they will be uprooted as the city woos development projects, and with them, much-needed taxes and jobs. But green spaces don’t have to be at odds with revitalization, says Maurice Cox, the city’s director of planning and development, who notes that farms and gardens are a key element of... Read more

Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

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Aging shopping malls—many burdened with high vacancy rates or even abandoned—are being transformed into vibrant, mixed-use destinations that are connected to their surrounding communities. Once-popular regional shopping malls are being hit from all angles: by the explosion of online shopping, millennials’ preference for vibrant urban experiences, and ever-changing retail customers’ tastes. At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, “the mall of the future” was explored by a panel of design, development, and placemaking experts. Read more... Read more

Historic Tax Credits Help Drive Revival Near Downtown Omaha

The Mayfair Building in Omaha, after renovation. (Megan Smith / The World-Herald)
Nebraska’s new state historic tax credits are helping to save cool old buildings in sorry condition that have lingered on the periphery of urban Omaha revival. Developers pounced on the state historic tax credits the first year they were available, in 2015, and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln report found that the tax credit program “has already had a number of positive impacts on the Nebraska economy” in construction spending and wages. Read more... Read more

CityLove: Understanding Preservation’s Role in the Revival of the American City

Businesses in the Highland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The Heart of Louisville is a National Treasure of the National Trust. (Credit: Andy Snow)
Americans’ fondness for urban areas is stronger than ever—and preservation is playing a major role. In places across the country, developers have transformed Beaux Arts banks, Art Deco office buildings, and industrial-era warehouses into the centerpieces of Americans’ move back to city centers. Read more... Read more

Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool

Deconstruction in progress (Credit: AJ's Demoliton)
The Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool from the Environmental Protection Agency enables organizations to triage building stock slated for demolition; it assembles data that can help prioritize structures for deconstruction and salvage. The assessment process identifies candidates for deconstruction by examining information on the building’s condition and salvageable material inventory. It considers factors that may affect the value of the building, such as age, structural integrity, valuable materials and architectural features and environmental hazards. Use the tool... Read more

Portland Promotes Deconstruction Over Demolition

(Credit: Lovett Deconstruction)
When it comes to building materials, Portland doesn’t just want to promote recycling; the city is making efforts to mandate reduction and reuse. This summer, the city council unanimously passed an ordinance expected to triple the number of buildings that are manually deconstructed — rather than mechanically demolished — each year. Starting October 31, anyone seeking a demolition permit on a designated historic structure, or on a single-family home or duplex constructed in or before 1916 must manually deconstruct the... Read more

Unlocking the Potential of Detroit’s Neighborhoods

Downtown Detroit (Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation)
A national collaboration between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute, the Partnership for Building Reuse fosters market-driven reuse of vacant and underused buildings in cities across the country that are faced with different challenges and opportunities. Detroit is one of five cities participating in this initiative. Read report... Read more

A Guide to the Future: Repurposing Stranded Assets & Revitalizing New Jersey’s Suburbs

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Suburban office parks and retail properties in New Jersey are deeply distressed, with overall vacancy rates pushing 30%. These distressed properties reflect broader trends in the U.S., with companies relocating to the mixed-use, 24/7 environments preferred by the millennial labor pool and away from the single-purpose, sterile work-places of the past. As a result, there is growing interest in repurposing these properties for other uses. This guidebook contains case studies of ongoing repurposing efforts and best practices for guiding the repurposing... Read more
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