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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation celebrating five years of beautification, rehabilitation

SPRINGFIELD, OH (May 31, 2019) – The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation is celebrating its five-year anniversary this month.

The corporation, also known as the Clark County Land Bank, was formed in May of 2014 as a way of acquiring blighted, foreclosed, vacant and other non-performing property that can be revitalized and brought back into productive use.

Since that time, the Land Bank has been awarded more than $2 million in Neighborhood Initiative Program funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. The funding has allowed the land bank to acquire property, demolish the single-family structures and “green” those properties with help from the surrounding neighborhood.

The Land Bank has also assisted in acquiring and revitalizing both vacant and blight structures. It has transferred more than 50 side-lots to neighborhood partners that have been transformed into community green spaces or play spaces. It also works with public and private sector organizations to acquire property, including successful projects such as the Clark County Park District’s Mad River Gorge Rock Wall Park, a new recycling center for the Clark County Solid Waste District and the Sunflower Field on Euclid Avenue.

It also serves as an economic development tool, acquiring properties and preparing them for development, such as the former Armory at Ohio 41 and the Upper Valley Mall.

Since its inception, the Land Bank has:

Demolished 127 blighted structures in Clark County, including 118 in the City of Springfield.

Transferred 126 vacant parcels back into productive status.

Invested $2.1 million in demolition and greening projects in Clark County.

The Land Bank board includes Chairman Steve Metzger, Vice Chair Joyce Chilton and Directors Melanie Flax Wilt, Lowell McGlothin and Charles Swaney.

The Clark County Community and Economic Development Department serves as the administrative agency for the Land Bank. The staff includes: Executive Director Tom Hale, Assistant Executive Director Ethan Harris, Secretary Anette Pequignot and Fiscal Officers Nancy Sowards and Priya Johnson.

“As much as the Board might like to take credit for the success of the Land Bank, 95% of the credit must go to Tom Hale and staff, along with Deputy Treasurer Mindy Clark who has served the Board and Clark County so well,” Metzger said.


Media contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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