Using Tactical Preservation to Revive Neighborhoods outside Downtown Detroit

Friday, August 10, 2018

Adam Silverman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice, is quoted in Urban Land Magazine on the city of Detroit’s new plan for “Tactical Preservation” – an effort to target for preservation some of the thousands of abandoned but architecturally or historically significant properties in the outlying districts of the city, such as the Vanity Ballroom, a historic dance hall in an outlying Detroit neighborhood. Adam served on a ULI Advisory Services Panel that assembled to provide analysis and guidance to the city on the best ways to prioritize and implement the city’s Tactical Preservation program.

Adam emphasized the role that the city government could play in facilitating the process. “The city can help eliminate parking problems near restored buildings and work with utilities to provide service to a building for special events or a temporary use. The city can also help resolve asbestos contamination during the renovation of a small part of a building initially without disturbing the entire structure. Likewise, insurance liability issues for a building’s use may benefit from the city developing a policy for such uses,” Adam said.

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