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Purchase and Renovation Programs at the Cuyahoga Land Bank | Judge Burt Griffin visits Cuyahoga Land Bank - Cuyahoga Land Bank News - 2014.2.2

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In the sixth installment of our FAQ video series, we explore programs available for the purchase and renovation of a Cuyahoga Land Bank home.  The most popular program is the Deed-in-Escrow Program. An interested buyer is provided with a renovation specification. If a buyer can demonstrate the financial capability to acquire and renovate the property, then the Cuyahoga Land Bank will consider the offer.  The buyer has approximately four months to complete the renovation after their offer has been accepted.  Once the renovation is complete, the Cuyahoga Land Bank inspects it.  A property that passes inspection has its deed transferred to the buyer.  Sometimes the Cuyahoga Land Bank will renovate a property in-house and place it on the market.  In an effort to increase home ownership, the Cuyahoga Land Bank created the Owner Occupant Buyer Advantage program that sets aside properties with $15,000 or less in estimated repairs for owner-occupant buyers for 30 days.

Watch 'What programs are available for the purchase and renovation of a Cuyahoga Land Bank home?' on YouTube:


Judge Burt Griffin visits Cuyahoga Land Bank on the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination

Did Oswald act alone?  Were there accomplices?  Was it the CIA, Cuba, the Russian KGB?  Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, these questions continue to perplex baby boomers and intrigue younger generations.
Our own Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Burt Griffin was appointed to the Warren Commission shortly after the Kennedy Assassination.  The Warren Commission was established by President Johnson and Congress to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Kennedy Assassination.

Judge_GriffinAs a special year-end staff event, the Cuyahoga Land Bank invited Judge Griffin to speak to the staff to hear first hand accounts from somebody who actually served on the Warren Commission and had access to the best evidence and information available.
So after 50 years of intrigue, conspiracy theories and Oliver Stone movies, what was Judge Griffin’s conclusion about the assassination? After a lively discussion and some great question and answers amongst staff and Judge Griffin, the Judge reaffirmed his view that Oswald acted alone as the Warren Commission had originally found.  He indicated that no new concrete evidence had surfaced over the years that would change that conclusion.  Judge Griffin explained the day-by-day chronology of Oswald’s activities just prior to and after the assassination.  Although some Cuyahoga Land Bank staff skeptics still remain, he made a pretty darn good case for the “Oswald acted alone” theory.
Although people will probably continue to question the Kennedy assassination theories for decades to come, it was a real treat to have Judge Griffin’s engaging style and knowledge which he graciously shared with Cuyahoga Land Bank staff.
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Fun Fact!

The Cuyahoga Land Bank currently has 665 vacant lots in its inventory. And just this week we received great press coverage by The Plain Dealer on our Side Lot Program! We want to see vacant lots bloom as community gardens, urban farms, pocket parks and orchards. For more information about our Side Lot Program, please contact Lilah Zautner, Manager of Special Projects and Land Reuse at 216-698-4696, or at lzautner@

Bid on this Home
Before March 28th!

This home at 1568 East 196th Street in Euclid requires minimal renovation and is now available under the Advantage Plus Loan Program. Minimum bid starts at

Home for Sale in Cleveland

This home at 2106 Walton Avenue in Cleveland requires renovation and is now available through our Deed in Escrow Program.

Renovated Home for Sale in Cleveland Heights

This colonial style home at 908 Selwyn Road in Cleveland Heights was renovated in-house by the Cuyahoga Land Bank and is for sale. For details on this property and a list of other renovated homes, visit our website

The mission of the Cuyahoga Land Bank is to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals and improve the quality of life for county residents.

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