Be Strategic – Develop an Action Plan – Find Experienced Help
Communities faced with the challenge of saving a cherished heritage structure, especially one that has no immediately available use and is threatened with neglect or demolition, usually have little idea where to begin.
Be strategic. Good organization and strength in numbers are key elements to a successful action plan. Enlist all stakeholders able to join the effort. Choose a lead proponent (usually an organization), and appoint a champion, a person who can build consensus and lead the fight.
Developing a strategic approach for adaptive reuse will depend on the variables unique to each circumstance, but usually there are a number of universal strategies that can be applied.
Begin by performing a detailed building audit. Follow up with critical repairs to secure and stabilize the structure to prevent any further loss of heritage fabric and to maintain the building throughout what will likely be a multi-year process of adaptive reuse. Meanwhile, identify possible sources of funding for the preplanning stage.
ANALYZING YOUR PROPERTY AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR NEW USES
Why is the site important to the community?
- Document its importance through a statement of cultural heritage value.
- Seek opinions from everyone who has an interest in the property or a view on its future.
What is most appealing about the property? …