— Our Story

Who We Are

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.




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 Mad River Gorge 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. Another example of the Land Bank’s work throughout the City is the Euclid Sunflower Field. A multi-department effort to rejuvenate a once blighted industrial building, the Sunflower field has over 10,000 plants. The Land Bank partnered with Keeping Clark County Beautiful, National Trails Parks and Recreation Division and the City of Springfield to facilitate the planting and maintenance of the field.


Our Mission

Improving our community by returning blighted and vacant properties to a productive use


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) funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to acquire property, demolish the single-family, residential structures, and then "green" the lots.

Since May of 2014 the Land Bank has been awarded more than 2 million dollars in NIP funding. In the summer of 2018 the Land Bank completed its 100th 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.

Our Board & Staff

GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE


Lowell McGlothin

Director


Nancy Sowards

Fiscal Officer


Joyce Chilton

Vice Chairman


Thomas Hale

Executive Director


Stephen Metzger

Chairman of the Board


Ethan Harris

Asst. Executive Director


Charles Swaney

Director


Anette Pequignot

Secretary to the Board


Melanie Flax Wilt

Director


Priya Johnson

Fiscal Officer

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Land Bank?

County land banks are quasi-governmental nonprofit community improvement corporations with the public purpose of reclaiming, rehabilitating, and reutilizing abandoned, vacant, blighted and tax-foreclosed property.

How is a Land Bank funded?

The Clark County Land Bank is funded through four main streams of revenue. The largest portion of funding is Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) funding. This funding is essentially fine money that mortgage lenders were required to provide following the 2008 Housing Crisis that severely hindered communities across the state. Another alley of funding for the Land Bank is Delinquent Tax and Assessment Collection or DTAC. Because much of this particular funding results from the addition of penalty and interest on collected delinquent real estate taxes, very little if any, primary levied taxes are used to fund the operations of the Land Bank. The third funding source is through the sale of properties. Finally, the land bank accepts donations.

Where is your work conducted?

The Clark County Land Bank operates throughout the entire geographic area of Clark County including the City of Springfield and the City of New Carlisle.