Donjek Tools: Evaluating Commercial Property with GIS

A thread that has connected my work over the last eighteen months: An interest by placemakers in more fully understanding how and why places work in an economic sense. Doing this effectively is more important in this economic climate than at any other time in recent memory. We have varying reasons for wanting know what makes a place economically vibrant:

• Lenders want to know more about factors that influence the value of collateral, that are external to the property itself. They seek a basis to evaluate the surrounding environment.  
• Urban designers are assembling ideas with an eye on how physical layout can most powerfully combine with topography and geography, land use, and transportation. 

• Developers are evaluating opportunities based on the land and its relationship to nearby assets, as well as on the attractiveness of location to prospective tenants or buyers.

• Planners working with public agencies and private firms are seeking to use available data to better understand market values, the impact of foreclosure or public investments, and a range of other factors essential to planning and policy formation.

This month, Donjek has introduced tools to strengthen the ability of each of these parties to reach these objectives. These tools harness geographic information systems (“GIS”) analytics to provide a comparison of the area surrounding one property versus others, and provide additional capacity to plan, rate and prioritize projects.

Clients need GIS, but don’t need to invest the resources to develop GIS tools in-house. Read an example of how Donjek’s GIS tools are applied (in this case, to the needs of a lender), and contact us to discuss gathering and understanding information that influence your land use decisions.

Join a broader discussion about using GIS to explore urban life by joining a LinkedIn group I just started, called Planet Mashup.

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