Who We Are
Clark County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly known as the Land Bank, quasi-governmental organization, formed in 2014, with the mission to restore value to the community by acquiring, developing, and selling vacant and abandoned properties in cooperation with stakeholders who value responsible land ownership.
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 250 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 25,000 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.
Improving our community by returning blighted and vacant properties to a productive use
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 2019 the Land Bank completed its 132nd and final 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
Melanie Flax Wilt
Vice Board Chair
Secretary to the Board
Kara Van Zant
Development Project Coordinator
J. Alex Dietz
Site Development Specialist
Dirk Lackovich-Van Gorp