“We wanted to leverage that project to understand what things were valuable in Gary’s homes. We took advantage of a project the city already was doing to establish that hypothesis,” said Pytel. “The direct market value of building materials could be as high as $13 million. It shouldn’t just be going to landfill.”
In April 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to advise BPS on the development of incentives and methods to increase deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition. At a June 3, 2015 City Council hearing, BPS recommended establishing a deconstruction grant program as a first step. City Council unanimously supported the recommendation and asked BPS to return in January 2016 with a status report on the grant program and recommendations for next steps.
DES MOINES — The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 20 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.
Eliminating decay in Detroit is a monstrous undertaking, but if Reclaim Detroit and the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force do what they intend to do, things are about to change — for the better.
Nearly 80,000 abandoned buildings loom over the city. No mayor has ever been able to make much of a dent in Detroit’s vacant properties. But Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager, has allocated $520 million to tackle blight over the next six years.
Demolishing a home in Detroit is relatively cheap, costing about $8-10,000, and many consider this as the best option. So why not quickly tear down every single home? Negative environmental impacts include spreading asbestos and lead poisoning, which can affect neighboring communities with hazardous dust.
That’s why Reclaim Detroit, which began in 2011, is applying their in-depth research to push for “deconstructing” 10 percent (about 8,000) or more of the city’s abandoned buildings. And according to Jeremy Haines, Reclaim Detroit’s sales and marketing manager, they’re creating more jobs for locals, as well.
(KMAland) — The next round of funding for the 2013 Derelict Building Grants Program is open for applications through February 1st of next year.
Last year, in KMAland, Guthrie Center asked for assistance with asbestos abatement and deconstruction of a vacant commercial building to market the site for future commercial interest. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, was able to locate reuse markets and achieve a diversion rate of 77 percent and a landfill disposal savings of $10,710.
The the program was created by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. It emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose. Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other inspections and site assessments. A cash match is required.
Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. A committee made up of representatives from the Iowa DNR, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Keep Iowa Beautiful selects the projects for funding. The Environmental Protection Commission’s approval is required for all projects costing more than $25,000.
More information about the grant program, application forms, and resources are available here.