Goddeeris: Strategies for reuse of vacant industrial sites

Recent announcements about Fiat Chrysler and Waymo Corp. opening new production facilities in Detroit were a welcome reminder that manufacturing will still be an important part of the city’s future, not just its past.

Nevertheless, nearly 900 vacant industrial properties sprinkled across Detroit remain a significant challenge that must be addressed as the city charts a new path toward economic growth. These sites will require a variety of innovative strategies — including both industrial and nonindustrial reuse — to turn these present-day liabilities into future economic assets.

There are three strategies in particular that hold promise for encouraging the reuse of vacant industrial property in ways that will provide jobs and other benefits to city residents.

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