My aunt works for a social service agency in northern Kentucky. There is an old gasoline service station in her community that has become an eyesore and attractive nuisance.
The neighborhood activists in the area would like to purchase the site, raze the building, and turn it into a park or public open space.
The city has no interest in participating, her agency is already expended its budget on other projects, and no one really wants to own the land (who even knows about site contamination, etc.?).
Here’s the question: What are the options here? Does a land trust make sense? Do they usually buy and hold land that is for open space (that will never earn income)? If not a land trust, any other options?
This seems to be an interesting way to “retro-green” a city. Can anyone point me in the right direction in terms of who to speak with about this?
Thank you so much in advance!
Chad Meadows, AICP