What Comes After Demolition?

One approach to improving your community is to demolish a vacant or abandoned building. But what happens with the vacant lot? It’s best to have a plan in place for the reuse of the site, because an abandoned empty lot can also contribute to blight — adding to the same problems you are trying to avoid by taking down a property. Some communities, for instance, have turned to “green” solutions such as establishing a mini park.

Alam Mallach, city planner, writer and senior fellow with the Center For Community Progress, wrote a study that looks at best practices for demolition. Click here to listen to a 10-minute conversation that highlights his findings.

Here’s a link to his study, titled “Laying the Groundwork For Change: Demolition, Urban Strategy, and Policy Reform.

Gateway BAD Building Undergoes Demolition in Fairmont

A demolition crew recently tore down a large blighted structure at a major intersection in downtown Fairmont, WV. The building, a former tire center that loomed menacingly over the intersection of Cleveland Ave, Jackson Street, and Locust Ave since the tire business’s closure in the early 1980s, was one of 53 properties on the City’s blighted gateway property list and was also one of over 300 blighted properties in the volunteer-led BAD (Brownfield, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Building Group’s inventory.

Because of its high visibility and lingering vacancy, both city officials and several concerned residents placed a high priority on the property as a candidate for immediate action. Click here for the full story.