Muncie was the site of Relocal’s initial field test. The tool was applied to four residential neighborhoods with older building stock in a range of conditions: East Central, Industry, Old West End, and South Central. Westridge, a prosperous neighborhood next to Ball State University, was used as a benchmark.
The ReLocal tool provides a data-based framework for tackling vacant and abandoned properties. Drawing on information from the parcel level to the citywide scale, Relocal lays out sustainable long-range uses for neighborhoods and makes targeted, practical recommendations for how vacant buildings and empty lots can contribute to those long-range use plans.