An update of the happenings at Cuyahoga Land Bank
Cuyahoga Land Bank News - 2013.9.1

Underground Mysteries

“What we do is tunnel,” says Marlene Sundheimer, Director of Law for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD). Under our feet is a vast, intricate system of pipes, ladders, and other infrastructure we never think about—but it’s profoundly vital to our quality of life. Now, the Cuyahoga Land Bank has joined that system with an agreement to acquire and demo properties to help NEORSD in its mission.house
Why does the Sewer District need properties? Simply put, NEORSD is continually improving, burrowing, creating and repairing pipes for collecting sewage, which moves along the pipes toward its final destination: a wastewater treatment plant. Recently, NEORSD entered into a “consent decree” with the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs)—a 25-year, $3-billion series of capital projects called "Project Clean Lake" that will reduce sewer overflows. That commitment covers deep tunnels, storage tunnels and improvements at treatment plants, the construction of relief sewers and green infrastructure projects like rain gardens and bioswales to manage stormwater runoff.  In order to dig tunnels, build sewers or install bioswales, NEORSD needs to acquire properties, test for asbestos, and perform other demolition-related tasks.demo
The Land Bank has agreed to help facilitate property acquisition and demolitions for the NEORSD. “Those folks at the Land Bank have been very helpful to the Sewer District,” says Julie Blair, Assistant Director of Law. “They know everything about foreclosures of abandoned properties, so they’re a terrific resource.”
The agreement went into effect in July, and the NEORSD is acquiring its first property on East 109th Street. “These are green infrastructure projects,” Sundheimer says. “They’re a way to utilize vacant properties, and also to help relieve blight in the neighborhoods.
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Partner Feature: Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation


Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation (BPDC) is working with the Cuyahoga Land Bank and other community development corporations to make sure that abandoned homes end up in the hands of good owners. bpdc_logo
In the Bellaire Puritas neighborhood of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga Land Bank works with BPDC to buy properties that can then be sold to developers who will do a proper job of renovation.  This arrangement with the Land Bank improves the quality of housing in the neighborhood and increases housing occupancy so neighbors do not have to look at eyesores or worry about deteriorating housing values on their street.bpdc_house
To date, BPDC has assisted in the development of 14 homes in Cleveland’s Ward 18.  Those homes have completed the acquisition and development process and have been sold to new owner-occupiers or rented.

Fun Fact!

The Cuyahoga Land Bank has demolished 2,000 properties and has helped facilitate close to 700 renovations since opening our doors in June 2009!  We would like to pause and highlight these major milestones for the organization.  It is a testament to our hardworking and tireless Acquisition and Demolition Team directed by Cheryl Stephens and our Program and Property Management team directed by Dennis Roberts and to all our staff who make the day-to-day operations of the Land Bank run so smoothly and efficiently!
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Did you know?

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) has received approval from the U.S.  Treasury Department to utilize up to $60 million of a remaining $270 million in Hardest Hit Funds to assist with stabilizing local property values through the demolition of vacant homes across the state. The new “Neighborhood Initiative Program” (NIP) will strategically target residential demolition in designated areas within the state by partnering with land banks.
Demolition activity will be limited to targeted areas that are part of a comprehensive local strategy to stabilize home values and prevent foreclosure.  OHFA Request for Proposals will be issued to land banks across the state in future months. The program is expected to begin in early 2014.  You can read the entire press release here.

Bid on this Home
Before October 4th

This home at 25521 Briardale Avenue in Euclid requires minimal renovation and is now available under the Advantage Plus Loan Program. Minimum bid starts at
$6,000!

Home for Sale in Cleveland

This home at 3211 West 97th Street in Cleveland requires renovation and is now available through our Deed in Escrow program.

Renovated Home for Sale in Bedford

This bungalow style home at 80 Tudor Avenue was renovated in-house by the Land Bank and is for sale. For details on this property and a list of other renovated houses, 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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