Industrial Districts: Rethinking Strategies for Adaptive Reuse

May 1, 2019

Detroit has nearly 900 vacant industrial buildings and sites scattered throughout its extensive network of industrial districts. Innovative strategies will be needed to put these properties back into productive use in ways that promote equitable redevelopment in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

In this report, Detroit Future City examines a range of ideas for encouraging the adaptive reuse and redevelopment of Detroit’s vacant industrial buildings and underutilized industrial districts.  Strategies are considered at the scale of the individual site, the industrial district and the city-wide system of industrial property.

The report examines trends in industrial district revitalization and cites examples of innovative projects and programs from around the country that have relevance to Detroit.

Read the full report here.