#CATJRF: Using ‘meanwhile space’ to test viability of community assets?

Here’s an interesting project in England which takes up the idea of the ‘pop up’ shop to the community level. Northern Ireland has some major assets some of which have been left unused (and therefore without a viable market test for years in some cases). Meanwhile Space is:

Meanwhile use’ is the temporary use of vacant buildings or land for a socially beneficial purpose until such a time that they can be brought back into commercial use again. It makes practical use of the ‘pauses’ in property processes, giving the space over to uses that can contribute to quality of life and better places whilst the search for a commercial use is ongoing.

Not an asset transfer as such, but an interesting way of testing the local market and finding out might be up for supporting a similar community owned space…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty