Greyfields Task Force
The Greyfields Task Force addresses issues of property abandonment
and underutilization in areas with existing infrastructure.
Abandonment and underutilization of properties in urban
and older suburban communities has significant consequences
for their economic vitality and quality of life. Although
the problem is widespread the response to abandoned properties
tend to be addressed in a piecemeal, disorganized fashion
rather than with more comprehensive, strategic approaches.
The Greyfields Task Force addresses abandonment and reuse
of properties that can potentially have great impact to
a redevelopment effort. For example, many of us are aware
of abandoned strip shopping centers along urban corridors
that are contributing to the decline in property values
and livability in many urban and older suburban communities.
This task force will focus on ways to facilitate the development
of such parcels by:
- Examining existing regulation regarding redevelopment of abandoned properties;
- Identifying properties that might be redeveloped and develop an inventory;
- Determining policies that could be used to encourage development of abandoned strip malls and other buildings;
- Identifying at least six sites that might serve as demonstration projects for this effort.