The City Council for the City of Bloomington approved the following definition of a slum and blighted area on November 10, 2008.
DEFINITION OF SLUM AND BLIGHTED AREA
“Slum and Blighted Area” means any predominantly urbanized area within the territorial
limits of a municipality in which 25 percent, or more, of the properties exhibit one or
more of the following characteristics:
(1) Prevalence of buildings in which it is unsafe or unhealthy for persons to live or work.
These conditions can be caused by serious building code violations, dilapidation and
deterioration, defective design or physical construction, faulty or inadequate utilities, or
other similar factors.
(2) The existence of inadequate public improvements; such as: water, sewer, street, curb
and gutter, sidewalks, and parking areas.
(4) Existence of properties with known or suspected environmental contamination or
(5) The existence of factors that prevent or substantially hinder the economically viable
use or capacity of buildings or lots. This condition can be caused by a substandard
design, inadequate size given present standards and market conditions, lack of parking, or
other similar factors.
(6) Adjacent or nearby uses that are incompatible with each other and which prevent the
economic development of those parcels or other portions of the project area.
(7) The existence of subdivided lots of irregular form and shape and inadequate size for
proper usefulness and development that are in multiple ownership and/or do not meet the
City’s bulk regulation standards as adopted by the zoning code.
(8) Depreciated or stagnant property values, impaired investments, or increase in
(9) Abnormally high business vacancies, abnormally low lease rates, high turnover rates,
abandoned buildings, or excessive vacant lots within an area developed for urban use and
served by utilities.
(10) A lack of necessary commercial facilities that are normally found in neighborhoods,
including grocery stores, drug stores, banks, and other lending institutions.
(11) Residential overcrowding or an excess of bars, liquor stores, or other businesses that
cater exclusively to adults, which has led to problems with safety and welfare.
(12) A high crime rate that constitutes a serious threat to the public safety and welfare.