Building Blocks! is a comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment initiative, designed to stimulate community renewal by returning City-owned properties to responsible private owners. From the late 1970's through 1993, the City's policy was to take into City ownership a massive inventory of deteriorated, abandoned buildings. The City diverted scarce funds toward the management and maintenance of these buildings without confronting the underlying causes of disinvestment and abandonment. Hence, many neighborhoods continued to decline.
Building Blocks! targets clusters of occupied and vacant City-owned buildings for renovation and disposition to community-based owners. Buildings are owned and managed by local entrepreneurs, neighborhood not-for-profit housing organizations, or qualified groups of tenants.
The programs that comprise the Building Blocks! disposition programs include:
Supplementary Building Blocks! Information: