What should I do with commercial vacant properties?

Join us and Greater Ohio Policy Center this summer with our free webinar series that explains how to accomplish various aspects of commercial vacant property redevelopment and commercial district revitalization in legacy communities.

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PLANNING FOR COMMERCIAL VACANT PROPERTY REUSE

June 24, 2015, 2 PM – 3:15 PM, Webinar

This first webinar will provide an overview of the first steps of any commercial revitalization process. These steps involve gaining an understanding the targeted property type and the specifics of its context, developing a plan for commercial revitalization that leverages the advantages of commercial vacant properties, and coordinating cross-sector partnerships around a framework for action. During this webinar, we will present a commercial property typology, which breaks down the diversity of commercial property types; a description of the advantages of commercial vacant properties and the benefits of their reuse; and guidance on how to prepare for productive commercial property reuse. We will also provide guidance on how to select an appropriate commercial vacant property reuse, maximizing the “match” between the property and its reuse.

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TOOLS & STRATEGIES FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT

July 29, 2015, 2 PM – 3:15 PM, Webinar

The second webinar supplies tools and strategies that can be used to address the unique challenges of commercial real estate redevelopment. An overview of data sources and information systems that can be used to determine attributes of the targeted property and its ownership are included, as are methods and tools for analyzing the surrounding market. Additionally, strategies for motivating property owners to reuse commercial vacant properties and for gaining site control will be covered in this webinar. Within each of these topics, GOPC will cover tools and strategies that, together, can help practitioners in a variety of contexts return commercial vacant properties to productive use.

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TOOLS & STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT

August 26, 2015, 2 PM – 3:15 PM, Webinar

Commercial revitalization requires the productive reuse of redeveloped spaces. This webinar lays out strategies and models for managing commercial districts in addition to specific methods for developing and attracting business tenants. Methods for developing existing businesses and attracting desirable new economic uses are described as part of implementing an overall business district management approach. The combination of commercial property redevelopment and long-term business support programs may increase the potential for successful commercial revitalization.

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TOOLS FOR OVERCOMING FINANCIAL GAPS

September 16, 2015, 2 PM – 3:15 PM, Webinar

Since the costs of commercial vacant property demolition, clean-up and redevelopment can be prohibitively high, established and creative financing sources will be necessary to undertake each of these activities in the future-especially in weaker markets and legacy cities. Various sources of capital from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, as well as how they can be used, will be described in this webinar.

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Who should attend?

  • Community development organizations
  • Main Street program and commercial district managers
  • Business improvement districts
  • County land banks
  • Municipal planning and economic development officials
  • Private individuals and developers
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Other local champions and practitioners leading commercial revitalization efforts

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