Mapping more diverse data to value community and identify need

FIX builds custom geospatial database, layering data from US Census, King County Assessor, and City of Seattle to guide development goals and understand the complexity of community

A searchable geospatial database to support impact development goals
The real estate market is crowded with providers of sales data like Loopnet, Redfin, and Costar, but few if any are able to marry their data with more complex location-based information like  geography, permitting, and neighborhood demographics.  Current providers are oriented to think like brokers, focusing on statistics relevant to sales and comparables.  They don’t provide information more relevant to community builders or developers who might want more intelligent insights to support forward-thinking development goals for specific projects, clients or tenants.  For example, none could provide heat maps on likely minority displacement like, how many NC-zoned sites are appraised below market 75% or greater within neighborhoods that have a majority of minority populations?  Or information that might suggest assemblage opportunities like, how many LR3 sites are there with less than 60% lot utilization that are adjacent to lots with homes that have not pulled a permit in the last 35-years?  Or identify ideal sites for a particular non-profit with a retail-oriented model where it would be useful to see on a single map all sites inside a 2 mile radius of a given customer database that are located in Urban Villages with frontages 75′ or greater and that have not traded in the last 12 years.

Maps are powerful for identifying development opportunities but only when the data they illustrate are sophisticated enough to reveal experience.

FIX’s Role
In 2010, FIX created its own custom searchable geospatial database to graphically sort and show data compiled from King County Assessors Office, City of Seattle, and the US Census.  The resulting tool provides us the ability to create maps that identify individual properties based on the hundreds of qualitative data points within each of those databases of information.  FIX has used this tool to support its clients development goals and pursue its own development projects.