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Salvaging Historic Building Materials for Job Creation and Environmental Benefit

A proposed ordinance would save derelict buildings from the wrecking ball, and send them to the salvage yard instead.
September 22, 2017, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Infill Development
Infill development on Brady Street in Milwaukee, designed to fit into the historic fabric of the neighborhood.
Jeramey Jannene

Graham Kilmer reports on a proposed ordinance in Milwaukee "that would save historic materials from houses slated for demolition, and potentially expand the market for salvaged building materials."

"The ordinance would see homes built in or before 1929 deconstructed and their building materials salvaged in lieu of demolition," adds Kilmer.

Kilmer spoke with Alderman Robert Bauman, who makes the case for the ordinance on two lines of thinking: One, that salvage creates more jobs than demolition, and two, that salvage has less impact on the environment.

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Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Urban Milwaukee
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