Who Can Initiate A BAD Buildings Team?
- Unit of local government
- Non-profit organization
- Government entity created by State Legislature
- Community organization
- Redevelopment agency
Abandoned: owner has given up responsibility for the property
BAD Building: Brownfield, Abandoned, Dilapidated. BAD Buildings are structures and properties that are vacant, uninhabited and in a state of disrepair, whose owner is taking no active steps to bring the property back into functional use
BAD Buildings Inventory: the compilation of all properties surveyed and parcel data researched
BAD Buildings Survey: a preliminary visual survey of all properties within the target area to identify potential BAD Buildings
BAD Buildings Team: a volunteer team comprised of local citizens, elected officials, and other stakeholders
blight: areas composed of vacant lots, abandoned buildings, and houses in derelict or dangerous shape, as well as environmental contamination
brownfield: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” With over 450,000 estimated brownfields in the U.S., the challenge to transform these properties into more attractive, useable sites is being addressed all over the country.
dilapidated: properties with significant aesthetic or structural impairments
vacant: owner does not occupy/cannot find tenants for the property