Matrix is developing a toolkit for Iowa communities that have vacant or underutilized large-scale buildings or facilities to create a redevelopment or reuse plan for those buildings. Three Iowa communities are currently in need of such redevelopment: the city of Toledo, the city of Clarinda and the city of Mt. Pleasant. From 2014 to 2015, each of these cities experienced the closure of a state facility within their community. Matrix is developing a reuse / redevelopment strategy that evaluates each facility, the regional marketplace, and the local economic conditions. Once the three individual reuse plans have been completed for the facilities in Mt. Pleasant, Clarinda and Toledo, a strategic planning toolkit will be developed, which can be used by other Iowa communities dealing with similar concerns about developing a reuse/redevelopment plan for a vacant or underutilized facility. The toolkit will include but not be limited to: guidance on what to consider when evaluating the physical condition of a facility; specific approaches to evaluating market potential; how to incorporate environmental considerations in reuse planning; steps to creating a successful public participation process; how to identify industries or sectors that the community may have a competitive advantage for recruiting; marketing approaches for vacant or underutilized facilities; and identifying potential sources of funding to support redevelopment. 

Services Include:

  • Redevelopment Planning
  • Public Engagement & Facilitation