Building on Baltimore's History: Leveraging Baltimore's historic assets to support successful and equitable revitalization across the city. Attempting to answer the question of why building reuse has brought new opportunity to certain areas of the city, while other neighborhoods have not yet turned around, the latest in the Partnership for Building Reuse research series, Building on Baltimore's History explores how we can make it easier for property owners and investors to renew and repurpose more older buildings. Led locally by the ULI Baltimore District Council, the Partnership has engaged more than 90 real estate developers, historic preservation advocates, government agency staff, land use professionals, and community leaders. With the help of six volunteer working groups, these stakeholders identified opportunities and developed recommendations for how to increase building reuse and revitalization in Baltimore.
Working with local practitioners, the Green Lab also developed an analytical tool to identify areas of the city that have not yet benefitted from reuse and revitalization, but have high potential for near-term success. To encourage building reuse in these areas and other neighborhoods citywide, the Partnership identified major obstacles that make building reuse challenging -- including market, financial, technical, and regulatory barriers. These include:
With these and other barriers in mind, the Partnership recommends key strategies to optimize building reuse in Baltimore over the next one to three years:
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