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Mapping Lima kicks off two-year Ohio State research project on vacant land in city

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LIMA – Ohio State Lima students interested in geographic information systems will be participating in a group mapping exercise that documents vacant land in Lima from 10 a.m .- 4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 3, 2015. The group will meet at 209 North Main Street at 10 a.m., Saturday, to begin the day. The mapping project is the start of the Ohio Land EXchange research project, or OH/LEX.

Faculty members and graduate students from OSU’s Knowlton School will work with up to 9 undergraduate students taking classes at Ohio State Lima to gather data to help Lima propose alternate uses for some of the vacant lots in the city.

“The goal of this research project is to develop analytical tools and test new methods of engaging stakeholders like community groups and local businesses in the planning and re-use of vacant urban land,” said Mattijs van Maasakkers, assistant professor of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School. “The students will be documenting vacant properties throughout the city in order to aid stakeholders in making decisions about vacant land (re-)use.”

The workshop kicks off a two-year research project on vacant land that OSU faculty from the Knowlton School of Architecture, College of Engineering and Ohio State Lima are conducting in Lima. This research project is funded through an Engagement Impact Grant from OSU’s Office of Outreach and Engagement.

During a training workshop from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 2, in Galvin Hall 326, Van Maasakkers and assistant professor of Landscape Architecture Jacob Ross Boswell will present similar work that has been completed on vacant land in New Orleans and will provide training in mapping with mobile devices. iPads will be provided to the students for use during the mapping.

Students who complete both portions of the field-based GIS mapping workshop will be eligible to compete for a summer internship with the City of Lima.