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Land Bank History
Land Bank History

In 2008, responding to the foreclosure crisis of the late 2000s and thanks largely to the efforts of former Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Jim Rokakis, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation creating the Ohio land bank as we know it. This legislation, based on the Genesee County, Michigan model, allows certain counties to create a non-profit land bank tasked with the acquisition of blighted, foreclosed, vacant, and other non-performing property in order to clear titles and find strategic reuses of the property.

The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) was incorporated in May of 2014. The Board contracted with the Clark County Community and Economic Development Department to act as the administrative agency for the Land Bank. Shortly thereafter, it acquired the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) grant from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to acquire property, demolish the single-family, residential structure, and then "green" the lot.

Since May of 2014 the Land Bank has been awarded more than 2 million dollars in NIP funding. In the spring of 2017 the Land Bank completed its 50th demolition under NIP. In addition to demolition the Land Bank takes particular care in the greening process. Often times meeting the neighbors to get input on what should take place on the property after demolitions. You can find pictures throughout our web-site showcasing our greening projects.            

In addition to demolition the Land Bank has been instrumental in helping in vacant and blighted land acquisition and revitalization. The Land Bank has transferred more than 50 side-lots to neighborhood partners that have turned their side-lots into beautiful community gardens or play space for neighborhood children. Public sector and private sector organizations have also been helped with vacant land acquisition through the Land Bank. Examples include the new rock wall park, now owned by the Clark County Park District. A portion of the park was once a vacant property the Land Bank transferred to the Park District.            

Going forward the Land Bank looks to the revitalization of the former Macy’s building and the Greater Upper Valley Mall area. The Land Bank will continue to remove blighted and vacant structures throughout Clark County and put them to a productive use.