Keith Chapman

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. David Lemberg

Second Advisor

Dr. Benjamin Ofori-Amoah

Third Advisor

Dr. Chansheng He


Detroit, vacant land, retention basin, mathematical programming, location allocation

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The principal objective of this research is to develop a location-allocation model for vacant lots in the City of Detroit, MI, to analyze for the suitability of retention basin placement. The model will place the retention basins in areas that will effectively reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that reaches the surrounding storm drains. Detroit needs stormwater mitigation to relieve the burden that is currently on the outdated combined sewer system (CSS). The Detroit Future City strategic framework suggests the use of blue infrastructure controls to alleviate the sewer system and reduce the number of combined sewer overflows (CSOs). The location-allocation model selects where a component of blue infrastructure, or more specifically retention basins, will be most effective removing stormwater on the surplus of vacant properties throughout the city.