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DEQ Announces First Reuse and Repair Workforce Development Micro-Grant Recipients Totaling $48,596

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has selected recipients for five micro grant projects aimed at workforce development in the reuse and repair industries. Each grantee is receiving up to $10,000 that can be used to purchase equipment and train employees to support long-term business expansion.

Source: Oregon.gov: NewsDetail

A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville

1207 E. Broadway is one of five homes being renovated and sold as affordable houses. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

All five homes were constructed sometime in the 1890s and are being preserved. Meanwhile, a 260-unit, multimillion-dollar apartment building is under construction in the same block. “We are seeing an entire neighborhood recreated,” said Christy Lee Brown, a local philanthropist who has helped promote historic renovation in Louisville by funding half of a historic preservation revolving loan fund.

Source: A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville

How to fight blight: Expert says planning a building’s whole life cycle could reduce abandonment | Michigan Radio

One of many abandoned structures in Detroit CREDIT FLICKR USER STEPHEN HARLAN / HTTP://MICHRAD.IO/1LXRDJM

He recently received a U.S. Department of Commerce grant to work on the problem in Muskegon, an area LaMore tells us is desirable because of “the potential to use the port as an economic growth engine for the region, and to create jobs around the deconstruction sector by gathering the debris from many of the great cities along the Great Lakes shoreline and then bringing that to Muskegon.”

LaMore will be working with 3,000 abandoned structures in Muskegon, as well as looking at materials from Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and other Great Lakes cities to determine the economic feasibility of their reuse.

LaMore’s research emphasizes deconstruction over demolition, but he tells us that’s something of an uphill battle because the former lacks economic incentive.

Source: How to fight blight: Expert says planning a building’s whole life cycle could reduce abandonment | Michigan Radio

City of Buffalo ‘institutional loan fund’ is created for reuse projects downtown – Business – The Buffalo News

Funding that the city has lent through its reuse program includes $750,000 to TM Montante Development for Planing Mill project.Funding that the city has lent through its reuse program includes $750,000 to TM Montante Development for Planing Mill project. Derek Gee/News file photo

The new fund, part of the Buffalo Building Reuse Project, is designed to speed up redevelopment in the city’s downtown core, with a specific focus on residential and mixed-use projects that will put empty and derelict properties back to active use.

The city has already had some public-sector dollars available to lend through the reuse program, such as the $750,000 that it provided to TM Montante Development last year for its Planing Mill conversion on Elm Street. The addition of the banks’ money will allow the city to support nearly three times as many projects per year in downtown Buffalo than was previously available.

via City of Buffalo ‘institutional loan fund’ is created for reuse projects downtown – Business – The Buffalo News.

4 Millwork District buildings in Dubuque represent rebirth – THonline.com: Tri-state News

4 Millwork District buildings in Dubuque represent rebirth

By the mid- to late 20th century, it saw businesses close or leave town until most of what was left was empty warehouses.

Then, in the early 2000s, a revitalization of the Warehouse District began. It gained traction in 2005, when there was a major art exhibit in one of the warehouses.

via 4 Millwork District buildings in Dubuque represent rebirth – THonline.com: Tri-state News.

Rep. Ellison Introduces Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act | Congressman Keith Ellison

WASHINGTON—Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 3237) today, which will support communities striving towards zero waste by establishing a grant program that funds the infrastructure, technology, and community outreach needed to achieve it.

“Preventing waste and diverting  it from our landfills means a healthier environment and a  more sustainable economy,” Rep. Ellison said. “Zero Waste is about preventing waste at the source and reusing the rest. It’s also about creating local jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and using our limited resources wisely.”

via Rep. Ellison Introduces Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act | Congressman Keith Ellison.

Portland to encourage more material reuse from demolitions – Portland Business Journal

The program looks to ensure more demolition materials are reused.

The program looks to ensure more demolition materials are reused. WENDY CULVERWELL

The awards would give $2,500 to those fully removing houses or duplexes within Portland. The money would only back those projects that employ deconstruction and reuse.

via Portland to encourage more material reuse from demolitions – Portland Business Journal.

Iowa Derelict Building Program

The Derelict Building Program was established to provide small Iowa communities and rural counties financial assistance to address neglected structures in order to improve the appearance of their streets and revitalize local economies.  In accordance with the statutory requirement on how these funds are to be used the emphasis will be on landfill diversion through the recycling and reuse of building materials.

via Derelict Building Program.

Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier

“Our combined initiatives to preserve and reuse our historic industrial sites reflect our growing understanding that Connecticut’s identity is encompassed in its industrial past not just its iconic town green,” said Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Helen Higgins. “Creative and feasible re-use of industrial buildings will transform our state and infuse economic vitality in our towns and cities.”

via Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier.

Iowa: DNR Derelict Building Grant Program Awards Grants to 19 Rural Communities – Fire Engineering

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Department of Natural Resources, The State of Iowa has issued the following news release:

The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 19 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.

The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program was instituted by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. DBGP funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis with cash matches required. Applications for the next funding round will be due in spring 2014.

The following projects will receive a total of $491,000 as reimbursement grants:

City of Buffalo — $11,341 to deconstruct a building and create a green space that will be accessible from the Mississippi River Trail bike path that will be constructed through town and connect the towns of Davenport and Muscatine.

City of Collins — $16,000 to be split between two projects. One project will complete an asbestos inspection at a abandoned commercial building and the other project will abate asbestos and deconstruct the old fire station. A new building to house the fire department will be built to replace the deconstructed building.

City of Early — $45,000 to have asbestos removed, a phase I/II assessment to be completed and full deconstruction of the Payless Cashway building that was damaged by a tornado. The city is partnering with the local economic development office to market the site for commercial interests.

City of Emmetsburg — $3,750 to complete asbestos inspections at 25 designated buildings that the city has secured easements with the building owners. This is part of an even larger project to improve the look of the downtown area.

City of Garnavillo — $50,000 to deconstruct the old school building and construct a new city hall in its place.

City of Malvern — $80,000 to partner with the Malvern Area Betterment Association to use funds to complete asbestos inspection, abatement, structural analysis and building renovation, which will offer commercial and residential space.

City of Marcus — $11,796 to deconstruct one building and renovate two others. Once deconstructed, the building site will become a green space which will house a container to collect recyclables. The two renovated buildings will be transformed into storage for community cardboard collection which will also be recycled.

City of Middletown — $1,500 to start toward deconstructing the old school building. This round of funding will be used to complete an asbestos inspection for the premises. The city plans on submitting an application for the next grant round to continue the project.

City of Olin — $34,000 to partner with Olin Economic Development on designated renovation tasks that will include inspecting and abating asbestos, and replacing the roof and exterior facades. The building will be marketed for commercial interest.

City of Rockford — $35,500 to inspect for and abate asbestos and deconstruct an abandoned commercial building, allowing a neighboring business to expand its operation.

City of Ruthven — $23,000 to deconstruct two buildings in disrepair. Once complete, the city plans on marketing the vacated spaces to interested commercial clients.

City of Sioux Rapids — $12,585 to deconstruct a former meat locker that poses a health and safety hazard to the community. The site will then be marketed for commercial purposes.

City of Slater — $66,140 to abate for asbestos and renovate an abandoned building located on Main Street. The project will repair and weatherproof the building shell and prepare the building for sale to a commercial interest.

City of Van Meter — $17,187 to remove all asbestos and deconstruct a building that is posing a health and safety hazard to the community. Building will be replaced with a new city services building that will house the police station, city hall staff and library.

City of Zearing — $80,000 to complete structural analysis, asbestos inspection, abatement and renovation activities for three separate buildings. Once complete, a neighboring business intends to create a restaurant and bar in the place of two of these projects, while the other site will be marketed for commercial interests.

Louisa County — $3,400 to start renovations on the old jail, transforming it into an office building that will house county staff. The funding for this grant will cover an asbestos inspection and structural engineering analysis.

For further information please visit: http://www.iowadnr.gov

via Iowa: DNR Derelict Building Grant Program Awards Grants to 19 Rural Communities – Fire Engineering.