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.

Property Rescue Workshop in Beckley this Friday!

The Property Rescue Initiative (PRI) is a program of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) that provides $1 million in loan funding for communities to remove or rehabilitate dilapidated buildings.

This Friday, March 18, Beckley will host the fourth in a series of PRI workshops in 2016 that will help interested parties access PRI funding and provide technical assistance for locals to address abandoned buildings in their communities. Register now as space is limited.

Anyone interested in accessing a portion of the PRI funding pool to address dilapidated buildings in their community is encouraged to attend.

The full day workshop will feature guest speakers, interactive sessions on stakeholder engagement and the BAD Buildings process, and a panel of experts who will discuss creative ways to repay loans and reuse problem properties. Registration is $15.

WVU Offers Legal Tools to Combat Blight

In case you missed it — the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at West Virginia University recently published a toolkit to help communities navigate the thorny issues around abandoned and neglected buildings. Click here for the background story. 

To explore the online legal toolkit, which is called “From Liability to Viability: A Legal Toolkit to Address Neglected Properties in West Virginia,” or to download a free PDF, visit the LEAP website. 

Ready to Make a Difference in Your Town? Join Hubapalooza 2016!

Hubapalooza offers an opportunity to network and swap success stories with other West Virginia communities. This year, the conference will be held on Thursday, April 28 in Summersville, WV.

Revitalized downtowns.
New and energetic local leadership.
Creative approaches to fighting blight.
Fun and free physical fitness initiatives.
Art, music and cultural events.
Crowdfunded local businesses.

Click here to register. 

Property Rescue Workshop in Weirton this Friday!

The Property Rescue Initiative (PRI) is a program of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) that provides $1 million in loan funding for communities to remove or rehabilitate dilapidated buildings.

This Friday, March 4, Weirton will host the third in a series of PRI workshops in 2016 that will help interested parties access PRI funding and provide technical assistance for locals to address abandoned buildings in their communities. Register now as space is limited.

Anyone interested in accessing a portion of the PRI funding pool to address dilapidated buildings in their community is encouraged to attend.

The full day workshop will feature guest speakers, interactive sessions on stakeholder engagement and the BAD Buildings process, and a panel of experts who will discuss creative ways to repay loans and reuse problem properties. Registration is $15.

Property Rescue Workshop in Huntington this Friday!

The Property Rescue Initiative (PRI) is a program of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) that provides $1 million in loan funding for communities to remove or rehabilitate dilapidated buildings.

This Friday, February 19, Huntington will host the second in a series of PRI workshops in 2016 that will help interested parties access PRI funding and provide technical assistance for locals to address abandoned buildings in their communities. Register now as space is limited.

Anyone interested in accessing a portion of the PRI funding pool to address dilapidated buildings in their community is encouraged to attend.

The full day workshop will feature guest speakers, interactive sessions on stakeholder engagement and the BAD Buildings process, and a panel of experts who will discuss creative ways to repay loans and reuse problem properties. Registration is $15.

Mountain State Land Use Academy – Register now!

Registration is now open for the first annual statewide Mountain State Land Use Academy organized by the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. It will be held at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.V. May 3-4, 2016.

Discuss pressing land use issues in West Virginia with certified planners, legal experts and other local leaders. Topics will include floodplain management, wastewater, source water protection, economic development, neglected properties and more. Click here for more information and to register.

Property Rescue Workshop in Berkeley Springs this Friday!

The Property Rescue Initiative (PRI) is a program of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) that provides $1 million in loan funding for communities to remove or rehabilitate dilapidated buildings.

This Friday, February 5, Berkeley Springs will host the first in a series of PRI workshops in 2016 that will help interested parties access PRI funding and provide technical assistance for locals to address abandoned buildings in their communities. Register now as space is limited.

Anyone interested in accessing a portion of the PRI funding pool to address dilapidated buildings in their community is encouraged to attend.

The full day workshop will feature guest speakers, interactive sessions on stakeholder engagement and the BAD Buildings process, and a panel of experts who will discuss creative ways to repay loans and reuse problem properties. Registration is $15.