County Land Bank launches new website

The Mahoning County Land Bank has launched a new website that will provide information, tools and resources for anyone interested in restoring vacant, tax-delinquent land to productive status.

Executive Director Debora Flora said the site will provide all the information needed to locate and acquire distressed properties in the county.  Land acquisition policies and procedures, as well as application forms, are available at www.MahoningLandBank.com.

The site contains a number of links to sites for related organizations such as the Center for Community Progress and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

A valuable resource, said Flora, is the link to the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office where parcel numbers, lot numbers and other pertinent information can be obtained by using the “Property Search” function.

After decades of job and population losses, and the foreclosure crisis of recent years, Mahoning County has thousands of forgotten, neglected, debt-laden parcels that decrease neighboring property values and increase maintenance costs for cities, townships and villages. Land banks can acquire these distressed properties and clear the titles that make it more attractive for new owners or users to invest in them.

The County Land Bank absorbed the activities of Lien Forward Ohio Regional Council of Governments, which facilitated the transfer of more than 900 vacant properties in Mahoning County to new, responsible owners from 2006 to 2012.

Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corp., otherwise known as Mahoning County Land Bank, is a nonprofit community improvement corporation whose mission it is to acquire vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent properties and make them productive again.  Buyers obtain clear title to the land, not the debts and liens that may have accumulated under the previous owners. Through its Side Lot Program, Mahoning County Land Bank offers empty lots to adjoining property owners.

 

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