There are a number of vacant buildings dispersed throughout the City. While vacant buildings may often be viewed as safety hazards to a community, they simultaneously provide opportunities for redevelopment. Private and public owners should consider adaptive reuse of existing buildings where appropriate. There are certain elements that are helpful to investigate when determining the potential reuse of a vacant building:

  • Historic Integrity
    • Is the building a National or Local Landmark?
    • Are there attractive architectural details?
    • Is the building culturally significant?
  • Condition
    • Has the building been condemned?
    • Is the building structurally stable?
    • What level or repairs may need to be made?
  • Building Use History
    • What was the past use of the building?
    • Why did the building become vacant?
    • Is there a benefit in renovating for the same past use?
    • What amenities remain from the previous use/original construction?
  • Size/Volume
    • What new function(s) is/are appropriate for a building this size?
  • Location
    • What use is in demand for this area?
    • What other amenities are surrounding the building?