Monthly Archives: March 2012

Church gives new life to Walmart

Omaha World-Herald
If retailers aren’t interested in moving in, towns are left with thousands of vacant square feet, several acres of abandoned property and a dent in potential tax receipts. “Any time you can fill a vacant lot or storefront, that’s going to be positive read more  

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Turn vacant buildings into jobs

Charleston Post Courier
The Abandoned Building Rehabilitation Act is a bipartisan attempt to restore and reuse derelict commercial properties. It provides a 25 percent state tax credit for repairing a building that has been at least 66 percent vacant for five years or longer, read more  

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Artists bring life to empty storefronts

The Seattle Times
A Seattle-based program called Storefronts is making property owners an offer that goes like this: Let low-budget creative types temporarily take over your empty space and fill it with color and life, sprinkling their artsy hipster pixie dust all over read more  

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Lake Las Vegas readies for future development

The Henderson Press
“The City’s recent approval of the rezoning and revised land plan for Rainbow Canyon is the most recent in a series of significant positive steps here at Lake Las Vegas,” said Jim Coyne, a principal of Atalon Management Group, who leads the development read more 

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Massage Envy Breathes New Life into Vacant Building

Patch.com
The 5100 square foot space has been transformed, with soothing purple walls and doors adorned with words like “calm,” “serene,” and “peaceful.” A relaxation room has dimmed lights and comfortable seats, while the large lobby with retail space is filled read more  

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Downtown San Jose street-level space no longer reserved for retail

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San Jose Mercury News
The San Jose City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to temporarily amend the city’s municipal code to allow vacant downtown street-level space previously reserved for retail stores to be leased for offices. The ordinance was proposed by Councilman read more

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Partnership Building revisions are aimed at luring small firms

DesMoinesRegister.com
A $1 million makeover is nearing completion on the 31-year-old Partnership Building at 700 Locust St., with new owners hoping to bring in close to 40 new tenants for office and retail space that would fill the building. Vacant space on the first and read more  

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Northeast Minneapolis residents take development into their own hands

Minnesota Public Radio
Hoping to fill some of the empty commercial space on Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, a group of locals has come up with a novel idea. They’re forming an investment cooperative, whereby members each throw in $1000 and the money goes toward read more 

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