|rehab codes: overview|
remedy this problem, a growing number of states and localities have
adopted rehab codes that tailor compliance requirements to the type and
extent of work planned. Created specifically to address redevelopment
in older buildings, rehab codes keep regulation predictable and
proportionate to the scope of the project, while still ensuring
resident safety. With new home construction slowing, effective rehab codes will take on increasing importance. The renovation of attractive, but dilapidated older
buildings can be an excellent vehicle for stabilizing neighborhoods, providing mixed-income housing and sparking downtown revitalization.|
What problems do "rehab codes" solve?
Rehab codes reduce the financial obstacles to rehabilitation posed by unrealistic requirements in building codes intended for new construction. Rehab codes also help to alleviate unpredictability in the development process by specifying which requirements are triggered by different types of redevelopment projects.
Without this sensitivity to the differences between new construction and the rehab of existing structures, buildings in need of moderate restoration can fall further into disrepair. Many foreclosed homes are in need of rehabilitation because home repairs are often the first expense to be cut when homeowners encounter financial difficulties. In a weak housing market, these buildings can stay vacant for years, reducing the potential tax base, potentially increasing crime, and impeding neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization. In a stronger housing market, buildings that are allowed to completely deteriorate may eventually be
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Dom Narodowy Polski Apartments in Chicopee, Massachusetts provide 50 units of affordable senior housing. Built in 1930 and renovated in 1982, the property is currently undergoing further renovations, including replacement of boilers with energy efficient models and a partial roof replacement.
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