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Interim-Use Brownfields: Small Cost, Big Impact

When it comes to brownfields, idleness is generally an unflinching roadblock. Contamination can be cleaned. Approachable site owners can be persuaded into redevelopment. But idle sites with passive owners are an incurable problem inhibiting full-capacity land use. One innovative strategy to combat brownfield idleness is interim use. The concept of interim use proposes temporary, community-conscious use of brownfield properties whose redevelopment is not imminent. Ideally, these interim uses are designed to be mobile or impermanent so they can be re-located when end-use development begins. In times of economic downturn, these interim use projects present a more economically viable alternative to permanent end- use development, since interim use requires significantly less startup capital. Examples of such interim use projects on brownfield sites include mobile food stands, community gardens, farmers markets, public event spaces, and interim use parks. Case studies of interim use projects in the United States have looked at a…Log In to Read Full Article

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