GIS grants for redevelopment of vacant/abandoned properties
Submitted by murph on 4 October 2006 - 12:49pm. computers | planning | ypsilanti
Mark H. just tipped me off to a grant program by ESRI, Magellan, and the National Vacant Properties Campaign to provide $50k in GPS and GIS hardware, software, and training to 10 governmental agencies to develop applications for "producing or enhancing property inventory and encouraging redevelopment of vacant or abandoned properties within the United States." Applications are due December 1. Who wants to help me develop a proposal for Ypsilanti?
I think we've got a pretty good shot:
- We've got some vacant and abandoned properties
- We're a "Redevelopment Ready City"
- We've got a pretty rockin' techie volunteer community, including such public geodata projects as Ypsi Crime Maps.
- We share GIS capacity/systems with Washtenaw County, so could easily disseminate whatever we come up with.
- I assume actual development time would be an in-kind match by the local agency. Which means me, and however many of you community informatics / public-interest GIS geeks I can drag in.
- We'd probably be one of the only applicants in the country putting up, as project lead, a trained planner with a resume in computere programming, including three years programming applications for handheld devices. (They obviously want something that includes programming for the Magellans.)
Now, we've just got to come up with a proposal. My off-the-cuff suggestion would be on the marketing side of things: Most of our vacant properties around town are owned by single-property landlords, or landlords who only own a handful of properties. Small-holdings landlords tend not to be professionals, and providing a clearinghouse for spatially-based information on available properties could help improve flow of information about properties to prospective buyers. The data could include geocoded current building / zoning / assessing information on properties from the City, along with other data about the property entered by the owner, a realtor, or an official economic development representative. I don't know what the Magellan devices in question or ArcPad are capable of; I assume you could do things like on-site data entry for cataloging properties, or entering search criteria and finding nearby available properties that match.
That's the best I've got in my current fuzzy-headed state; I tell ya, there's nothing that pushes general low-level crappiness over the edge into a full-blown, face-melting, sleeping for twelve hours sick day like adding a three-hour-long (plus setup and clean-up) night meeting on the end of the previous work day. Bleah.
Anyways, let me know if you're interested in discussing this further / being involved in some way / helping me put together an application.