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Student Corner: Getting Schooled: Creative Reuse of Historic School Buildings

July 16, 2015

In the last 15 years, enrollment in urban schools in 12 cities across the United States (primarily located in the northern states and in rustbelt cities) has dropped an average of 32%, forcing a number of schools to be closed down and students transported to other areas of the city to consolidate re … Read more

Student Corner: Redevelopment Case Studies of Victorian-Era Psychiatric Facilities

May 28, 2015

Earlier this month, a post on CED in NC provided an overview of the redevelopment of Victorian-era psychiatric facilities.  Many historic psychiatric institutions throughout the country have closed, leaving large, architecturally significant buildings on vast campuses behind. The redevelopment of th … Read more

Student Corner: A Thousand Acres and Half a Million Square Feet: Redevelopment of Victorian-Era Psychiatric Facilities

May 7, 2015

Shuttered psychiatric facilities provide endless material for macabre imaginations. However, for creative communities and developers, these historic facilities also inspire ideas for uses like recreation, housing, healthcare, education, or retail. Many states built grand psychiatric facilities in th … Read more

Sale of Historic Structures by NC Local Governments for Redevelopment

December 16, 2014

Almost ten years ago, in the town of Bushwood, North Carolina, the “generous” owner of the historic textile mill building just off Main Street donated the property to the town (it was difficult to maintain and the owner didn’t want to pay property taxes on it any more). The town accepted the propert … Read more

Student Corner: Designating Local Historic Landmarks in North Carolina

September 11, 2014

A historic school building in AnyPlace, North Carolina was recently left vacant when the local school district moved its administrative offices to a new space. The local governing board is interested in preserving the historic character of the school building, while also encouraging private redevelo … Read more

Student Corner: Measuring Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation

January 9, 2014

Across North Carolina, developers are rehabilitating historic buildings and touting the community benefits of the renovations, such as a much-needed hotel for downtown visitors. While these projects frequently do offer many welcome benefits to communities, local governments may be weary because they … Read more

Historic School Redevelopment (Durham, NC)

September 5, 2013

Yesterday, Sept 4th, community leaders, elected officials, school administrators and a team from Self-Help gathered in NE Central Durham to celebrate the opening of a revitalized historic asset. The historic YE Smith School, a 54,000 square foot building originally constructed in 1910, is the new ho … Read more

Student Corner: Historic Landmarks & Market Rate Housing Opportunities

April 11, 2013

  A historic, downtown building on Main Street has been vacant for the last 30 years. Once an iconic hotel for the Town, today the building is empty, other than a few occupied tenants filling retail space on the ground floor. The small Town has a tier 1 designation and is working hard to suppor … Read more

Student Corner: Historic mill redevelopment — Renfro Mill (Mt. Airy, NC)

March 21, 2013

As has been described in previous posts (here and here), Historic and Mills Bill tax credits have been important tools for redevelopment across North Carolina. Redevelopment of an historic structure can serve as a catalyst for revitalization and economic development in communities of all sizes. Mill … Read more

Student Corner: Historic mill redevelopment — Monroe Hardware Warehouse (Monroe, NC)

March 8, 2013

Historic and Mills Bill tax credits have been important tools for redevelopment across North Carolina. A recent post (here) profiled the use of historic credits on a redevelopment project in Durham, NC. Redevelopment of an historic structure can serve as a catalyst for revitalization and economic de … Read more