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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Clark County Land Bank to demolish 100th blighted structure

The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation will be demolishing its 100th blighted property at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 13, at 1615 Woodward Ave. in Springfield. A celebration will be held before the event, including a presentation by local leaders and board members. Following the celebration, a nearby residential structure at 1609 Woodward Ave., will be demolished.

“The land bank has had a positive impact in our community,” Clark County Community and Economic Development Director Tom Hale said. “It’s an invaluable tool to help clean up our neighborhoods and make our residents feel better about our community.”

The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation – also known as the Clark County Land Bank – has operated since 2014. The Land Bank’s mission is to return blighted and vacant properties to productive use. Over the last four years, it has partnered with Clark County residents, townships, villages, cities and non-profit organizations to put over 100 blighted and vacant properties back to productive use. The Land Bank has several initiatives, including a side lot program, installation of community gardens, little free libraries, landscaping, pocket parks and housing improvements.

The lot at 1615 Woodward was recently acquired by a local non-profit organization, The Conscious Connect, whose mission is to promote school-age and neighborhood literacy with a focus on ending urban book deserts. The lot will be used as a programming space for the organization. After the demolition, the lot will be transferred to The Conscious Connect to help further its mission.

Space and parking at the event is limited. Please RSVP to Clark County Public Information Officer Michael Cooper by noon on Wednesday, July 11. For more information, call Assistant Executive Director Ethan Harris at 937-521-2181 or Cooper at 937-521-2031.


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