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Comprehensive List of Tools


Know what you’re looking for? The following is a comprehensive list of all BAD Building Tools we have provided on this website. Click to access each tool in red.

Survey and prioritize buildings:
Community Heart and Soul Field Guide
Visioning Questions Worksheet
Community Priorities Worksheet
Stakeholder Engagement Matrix

BAD Building Survey Sheet
BAD Buildings Inventory
BAD Buildings Prioritization Grid
Prioritizing Properties Instructions
Decision Enhancer Tool
Decision Enhancer Tool Handbook 

Resuse a property:
Redevelopment Plan Template
Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit for Rural Planning
Re-Powering Electronic Decision Tree Tool

Engage property owner:
How to Research a Property Owner
Friendly Letter Template
Conversation with Property Owner Script

Prevent blight:
Blight Prevention Strategies
Create a Local Community Service Directory
Letter to a Helping Agency
Create a Neighborhood Association

Legal tools:
From Liability to Viability: A Legal Toolkit to Address Neglected Properties in West Virginia

Build your partnership network:
Partnership Development Guide
Partnership Resource List
Outreach letter template – Funding
Outreach letter template – Materials
Outreach letter template – Volunteers

Demolition and deconstruction:
On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development
On the Road to Reuse Fact Sheet
Large-Scale Residential Demolition Resource Directory
Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool
Instructions for Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool

Manage a brownfield – visit this page for more information and links.
USEPA CERCLA Common Elements Reference Sheet
All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Fact Sheet
AAI Rules and Checklist
AAI Reporting and Suggested Content
Stakeholders Guide to AAI

Analyze maps and data:
West Virginia Flood Map
Map West Virginia
US EPA Environmental Justice Screen
US Census American Fact Finder
How to navigate the American Fact Finder
US Census
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Quick Rural Data

Success stories:
Reference the stories shared here to learn how other WV communities approached a similar issue. We encourage you to reach out to the contact person provided to learn more.

The BAD Buildings Model
BAD Buildings FAQ

Additional resources:
Leadership: West Virginia Community Development Hub
Rural design: Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design
Legal support:  WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic
Brownfields: West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers