Many Indiana communities are burdened with deteriorated or abandoned downtown buildings and vacant, dilapidated industrial sites. In many instances these unsightly and dangerous buildings make them undesirable to investors and new residents. Though some communities are burdened by a disproportionate number of these sites, their presence does not have to be considered the community’s downfall. These sites are often found in downtowns or near transportation corridors, and could be thought of as opportunities—if the funds to address the clearance/demolition were available.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, in cooperation with the Indiana Brownfields Program, has created the Comprehensive Site Redevelopment Program to help local units of government address these blighted properties.
Indiana Brownfields website: http://www.in.gov/ifa/brownfields/index.htm