Survey Spotlights Muncie Blight Fight

Posted: Updated:
Volunteers and paid surveyors combed the entire city, gathering data with a mobile app. Volunteers and paid surveyors combed the entire city, gathering data with a mobile app.
MUNCIE -

The chair of a 17-month-long process to catalog every property in Muncie says the data will help public decision makers get the "biggest bang" for their reinvestment dollar. Briana Grosicki, who is with the city's Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission, says the ScoutMuncie effort resulted in an assessment of all 30,000 properties and the structures located on them. The results, Grosicki says, show blight affects all areas of the city, "but the extent of vacancy is not as overwhelming as previously thought."

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Grosicki says the work will help identify "strength nodes" within neighborhoods that may have gotten less attention than needed. Muncie has more available buildings and infrastructure than population to fill them and Grosicki says providing context for the historic properties will help inform potential redevelopment or demolition decisions in the face of years of declining population and shrinking public resources to deal with blight.

She says the data has been used to create a draft historic preservation plan for the city and since more than 76 percent of the properties in Muncie are over 50 years old, the results will help recognize neighborhoods "for the historic value, the story that they tell in the story of Muncie."

Volunteers and paid surveyors combed the entire city, gathering data by using the ArcGIS: Collector app, which was provided by the Delaware County GIS Department. Grosicki says many in the city were "shocked" the effort used to such a high tech tool.

The results show:

  • 80 percent of all properties include a structure
  • 4.6 percent of buildings are vacant -- more than 1,300 parcels include a vacant structure
  • 8 percent of lots are vacant -- almost 2,400 parcels were identified as vacant land
  • 62 percent of all properties in the city are within 300 feet of a vacant building

ScoutMuncie was supported by grants from the Ball Brothers Foundation and the Muncie Redevelopment Commission.

You can connect to the full report by clicking here.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Briana Grosicki says the work will help identify "strength nodes" within neighborhoods that may have gotten less attention than needed.
  • Perspectives

    • The First Thing Nonprofit Boards Should Focus On: Member Engagement

      There is no shortage of literature on how to run a nonprofit and what the board of directors should be doing. Do a quick search for “grant writing advice” or “board meeting agenda” and you will easily find hundreds of resources. But if there is so much helpful information around, why is serving on a nonprofit board sometimes so draining? After founding two nonprofits, Musical Family Tree and the Speak Easy, as well as serving on several nonprofit boards...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Hammond Pulls 135 Jobs from Illinois

      A Hammond factory recently vacated by Michigan-based Lear Corp. didn’t sit empty for very long. Midland Metal Products has taken over the former seat factory, having relocated from Chicago after 95 years. 

    • Gateway Park will lead into the downtown district.

      Plans For New Muncie Facility Halted

      Plans for a $75 million project at the former BorgWarner site in Muncie have come to a halt.  Nigel Morrison, director of Waelz Sustainable Products LLP says “a campaign of misinformation tainted the process and ultimately made it impossible for the city council to continue supporting the project.” The project was first announced in January and was slated to create up to 90 new jobs. The announcement follows the opposition of Muncie residents who...

       

    • ‘Transformation’ Continues in Westfield

      Indiana’s fastest growing city is showing no signs of slowing down.  Mayor Andy Cook says now that Westfield has established itself as a destination for family sports with the Grand Park Sports Campus, the $35 million Grand Junction Plaza will transform the city’s downtown into a destination, a place “where people want to be.”   Cook says the project, more than a decade in the making, is an example of a place making strategy necessary for Midwest...
    • Elanco is headquartered in Greenfield.

      Elanco to Acquire Bayer AG Animal Health Business

      Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG (ETR: BAYN) to acquire its animal health business in a deal valued at $7.6 billion. If approved, it would double Elanco’s Companion Animal business and create the second-largest animal health company by revenue. “Joining Elanco and Bayer Animal Health strengthens and accelerates our IPP strategy, transforms our portfolio with the addition of well-known pet brands, brings...

    • Corn, Soybean Groups Name New CEO

      The the Indiana Soybean Alliance Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Corn Growers Association have named a new chief executive officer. Courtney Kingery is currently global director of Health & Wellness Innovation for Chicago-based Tate & Lyle and has experience as a grain trader and marketing director for oilseeds and food ingredients for ADM.