Community Revitalization & Urban Renewal
Cities and counties across the nation struggle with quality of life issues due to the prevalence of neglected and abandoned properties. LocationAge provides technical solutions to support community revitalization and economic development projects targeted at vacant and blighted properties.
We construct accurate, up-to-date property databases and web-based mapping applications that community leaders need to analyze problem areas and make more informed decisions about interventions and solutions. For more than 20 years, LocationAge has helped government clients manage their data and processes throughout the community renewal life cycle, from property identification and acquisition, through management and disposition. Our location technology experts will assess your resources, recommend proven solutions, and help you transform problem properties into community assets.
Tackling blight through technology
Since 2006, Lafayette Parish has experienced a significant increase in problem properties. The Parish sought to improve its use of location data as the foundation for analyzing and managing their properties.
Working closely with community leaders in 2014, LocationAge empowered Lafayette to return problem properties to productive use through location and information technologies. With integrated GIS and property data from numerous sources, the parish can:
- Easily Identify and track problems
- Collaborate across agencies
- Inform decisions and strategies
- Share accurate and timely intelligence with stakeholders
Turning vacant properties into opportunities
The City of Baltimore has long struggled with an abundance of abandoned buildings and problem properties. In 2002, then-mayor Martin O’Malley launched Project 5000, a concentrated effort for the city to acquire 5,000 vacant and abandoned properties in two years. At the time, the city had the fourth highest vacancy rate in the nation.
LocationAge was instrumental in the success of Baltimore’s Project 5000, developing the City of Baltimore Land Asset Management system (CoBLAM) to track properties through the complex legal processes of tax sale foreclosures and other acquisition methods. In the four years following the project’s launch, the city was able to acquire 6,000 properties with clear titles, return 1,000 to private ownership and program 2,000 more properties for specific development projects.
LocationAge continues to work closely with the city to expand the CoBLAM system with property data from multiple agencies. Today the system manages nearly 400 projects, more than 20,000 properties, and 160,000 documents and project milestones. It supports the city’s smart community initiatives, enabling greater accountability and transparency.
The system drives Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Vacants to Value initiative, putting properties back to work. Finding new uses for these properties can help raise property values, create community amenities, increase local tax revenue, and attract new residents and businesses.