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Empty big-box retail stores a growing problem (or opportunity) for suburban Detroit

Reprinted from www.freep.com By JC Reindl Empty retail stores are on the rise in some cities. So are creative solutions to filling them. Wochit (Photo: JC Reindl) For clues to what may happen to all those empty big-box stores and ailing shopping centers in suburban Detroit where people once swarmed, look to the shopping district around Westland’s namesake mall. When retailers […]

As department stores exit, mall makeovers begin

Reprinted from The Chicago Tribune “Everybody’s going to take a step back and re-evaluate how these spaces should be used,” says Alden Loury, director of research and evaluation for the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council, which has examined the financial and social impact that mall retail vacancies have on mostly black communities. Illinois has about 60 […]

For Charleston, vacant buildings present big challenges

Reprinted from Charleston Gazette-Mail Charleston property maintenance inspector Ron Coon discusses the demolition of the former Capital Paging building on Kanawha Boulevard. The historic building had been vacant for several years and was occupied by vagrants at the time the fire was set. The fire is being treated as an arson, though no arrests have been […]

What to Do With Birmingham’s Surplus Schools?

Reprinted WBHM 90.3 FM Michael Calvert from the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation climbs the steps in front of the old Powell School. He inserts a key into the lock and removes a rusty chain from the door. Vacant for almost 15 years, Powell feels frozen in time. Calvert takes a look around. “So this is […]

Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC. Expands Services to Canada

CAP serves occupied and vacant commercial retail, office, industrial, warehouse and institutional buildings Salt Lake City, UT, USA, May 16, 2016 – Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC (“CAP”), a US nationwide provider of maintenance, repair, day porter and inspection services expands service into Canada. CAP provides its services at occupied, partially occupied and vacant commercial real […]

Tree Project Could Restore Chicago Old Wilson School Site

Reprinted from Battle Creek Enquirer- Part of the USA Today Network Years after the closure and ultimate demolition of Wilson Academy, a Chicago-based startup’s idea could put the vacant property back to use. Fresh Coast Capital’s plan is to plant more than two acres at the site of the former school with rows of hybrid poplar trees. […]

Vacant industrial spaces are reborn to support a new age of small-scale manufacturing

Reprinted from Center for Community Progress.  There’s a myth surrounding post-industrial economies, Dan Kinkead, acting executive director of Detroit Future City, shares in conversation about the rebirth of small-scale manufacturing in his hometown of Detroit. “The myth is that we need to build new economies around technology and innovation completely divorced from industry,” said Kinkead. “But […]

Guilderland approves vacant property crackdown

Reprinted from www.timesunion.com Guilderland The town cracked down on vacant properties Tuesday night by unanimously adopting an ordinance that requires owners of vacant structures to register them, keep them neat and put up a $5,000 bond that the town can tap into if the property needs to be cleaned up. “These properties don’t generally become public […]

Detroit program pairs new businesses with vacant spaces

Reprinted from Detroit Free Press A new, five-year program to pair up entrepreneurs and property owners looking to repopulate Detroit with small businesses kicked off today with pledges of $2 million a year in grants to encourage redevelopment of vacant commercial space across the city. The Motor City Match program will award $500,000 in grants […]