Check with Randy McVey, the Long Range Planner for the City of Cedar
Rapids. Cedar Rapids has several historic districts that are listed at
either the local or national level (some are listed on both levels).
Cedar Rapids probably has a definition of blight that could be of use to
Also, Cedar Rapids a survey of blighted neighborhoods about 2 years ago
that had originally been done in the 1980s with HUD money. That may also
be of use. I don't think Randy was involved in the blight survey but he
probably knows about it.
Randy's contact info:
Long Range Planner
City of Cedar Rapids
Department of Development
50 Second Avenue Bridge - Sixth Floor
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
randymc (AT) cedar-rapids (DOT) org
Howard R. Green Company
St. Paul, MN
From: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com [mailto:IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com] On Behalf
Of Laura Carstens
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 9:45 AM
To: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com
Subject: [IowaAPA] How to deal with problem properties * vacant,
abandoned and blighted buildings
The City of Dubuque's Historic Preservation Commission is trying to
define / determine blight in connection with the Demolition by Neglect
section of the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance.
The Commission has noted the City's enforcement difficulties related to
poorly defined blight. The Commission feels that the Demolition by
Neglect section of the Historic Preservation Ordinance could more
effectively be enforced if blight was clearly defined.
We looked into current local, state and federal codes for developing a
definition for blight that can be used to augment the Demolition by
Neglect section of the Historic Preservation Ordinance. We have not
been able to find a definition for blight in the Iowa Code that can be
applied to a single property.
We are interested what other cities in Iowa are doing to deal with
problem properties * vacant, abandoned and blighted buildings * whether
they are in historic districts, residential neighborhoods, or anywhere
in a community.
Planning Services Manager
City of Dubuque