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Engineers and Cuyahoga Land Bank Kick-Off Workforce Program

Demolition can be a very dangerous and complicated business – unless you know what you are doing! The folks at International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 (“Local 18”) know exactly what they are doing. Local 18 is dedicated to training future apprentices

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A Lofty Idea

Kevin Malone Sr. worked as a construction contractor all of his life.  Working with his hands, he raised his family and sent them to college.  Kevin’s two sons, Kevin and Colin both graduated from college and entered the work force;

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Neighborhood Advocates Collaborate to Relocate Discovery Center

Three summers ago, Concerned Citizens, Inc. Director Anita Gardner took Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos and staff on a neighborhood tour of Kinsman Avenue.  Many buildings had decayed and were abandoned in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis post-2008. 

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Destination Cleveland!

What do you have when over two hundred and fifty people assemble at the Wyndham Hotel representing county land banks throughout Ohio? It’s the annual Thriving Communities Institute‘s Ohio Land Bank Conference. This year’s sessions highlighted many nuts-and-bolts issues and

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Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Partnership to Serve Veterans

Three veterans will soon have a place to call home thanks to a new partnership between the Cuyahoga Land Bank and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM). The Veterans’ Affordable Housing Initiative provides permanent affordable housing for homeless veterans living in Cuyahoga

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Lessons From Cuyahoga County On Land Banking (WESA)

  Since land bank legislation was adopted in 2009, Cuyahoga County has been working to create an effective process to deal with abandoned and vacant properties. Six years later, they’re taking in at least 100 properties every month while gradually

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Neighborhood Developer on a Mission

As a former U.S. Marine, local developer Daryl Anderson has been on many missions during his tour of duty in various countries. Daryl Anderson understands missions. Anderson and his team at AP Business Solutions is now on a mission to

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Thriving Communities: And Then There Were Twenty-Five!

Incredibly, the smallest mustard seed can grow into one of the largest and most sturdy trees at full growth.  In 2009, legislation was passed in the State of Ohio for the creation of county land banks. This legislation planted the

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Vacant Homes in Slavic Village Transform into Works of Art

With cleaned out vacant properties as their canvas, local artists transformed four homes in Slavic Village into spectacular temporary art exhibits. The art exhibition was part of the second Rooms to Let: Cleveland held on May 16th and 17th. Hundreds of people from the

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NEON Collaboration Provides Housing for Veterans and their Families

A crowd of residents, local elected officials and community partners were welcomed last month to the launch of the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) Veterans Housing Project by brightly colored green and blue balloons, garnishing project boards and a

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Homes for Homeless Heroes

A new partnership between the Cuyahoga Land Bank and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries will provide permanent affordable housing for the hundreds of homeless veterans living throughout Cuyahoga County. The Veterans’ Affordable Housing Initiative will “match” homeless veterans with affordable, renovated homes

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Land Bank, NEON partner for housing and health support for vets (Cleveland.com)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) and the Cuyahoga Land Bank will announce Thursday the creation of a joint effort to provide housing and support services for homeless veterans. The “Healthy Communities Initiative — Veterans Housing Project” involves

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Clearing Away Asbestos-Not As Easy As You Think!

When Kenneth Tyson left his job as Property Specialist at the Cuyahoga Land Bank, he wasn’t leaving demolition work—in fact, he’s now working with demolitions more than ever. This past fall the Cuyahoga Land Bank founded CLB Services, an environmental

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Attorney General’s Moving Ohio Forward Program Supports 3,500 Demolitions

On February 27th, Ohio General Attorney Mike DeWine held a press conference in Columbus to announce the results of his Moving Ohio Forward (MOF) demolition program. From 2012 through 2014, this important statewide program resulted in 3,500 demolitions in Cuyahoga

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Randall Park Mall Demolition Clears Way for New Investment

In 1976, the newly built Randall Park Mall was bustling and busy, teeming with shoppers. The new mall featured 200 retail shops and at that time, was the country’s largest mall, known for its high-end stores. Today shopping in the

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Plans for Greater Cleveland Fisher House rounding third (Cleveland.com)

The more than four-year effort to create a place where veterans and their families could stay for free while a vet is receiving medical treatment here, is rounding third and heading for home. At least, “I hope so,” said Tom

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For Cuyahoga County demos, a strategic plan and code enforcement both needed: editorial (Cleveland.com)

Remember that $50 million demolition bond former Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald promised in his “State of the County” last February? Well, thanks to some laudable examples of both bipartisanship and continuity, the administration of new County Executive Armond Budish – in

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Children’s Museum of Cleveland gains control of Euclid Avenue mansion in $50,000 deal (Cleveland.com)

A quiet real estate deal that closed Tuesday augurs a second chance for a small Cleveland cultural institution and an expansive house on the city’s onetime Millionaire’s Row. A company tied to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland paid $50,000 this week for

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Advice for land banks from Cuyahoga Land Bank’s Gus Frangos (Community Progress Blog)

Our new report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, takes an in-depth look at how the Cuyahoga Land Bank serves the community in and around Cleveland, Ohio. It was established in 2009, has nearly 30 staff members and,

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County Council Takes a Bite out of Blight

Cuyahoga County made a strong statement in the fight against blight.  At the County Council’s October 28, 2014 meeting, it passed a broad ordinance authorizing a $50 million bond issuance to help fund the demolition of vacant and blighted structures.

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cuyahoga county now the ‘gold standard’ for abandoned property reclamation (Freshwater Cleveland)

Some of the most significant strides in Cleveland’s renaissance come from the quietest corners, where people with rolled sleeves toil behind desks, taking on daunting challenges. While their accomplishments aren’t often regaled with flashy grand openings and popping champagne corks,

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HUD, Cuyahoga Land Bank Renew Agreement – The Only One of its Kind in the US (Press Release)

In 2010, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Cuyahoga Land Bank, came to a groundbreaking agreement: HUD would transfer low-value, vacant and abandoned properties to the

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Partner Feature: Mayfield Heights

  The City of Mayfield Heights is a vibrant community led by Mayor Anthony DiCicco and seven council representatives. The City, with a population of approximately 20,000, consists of 5,000 single family homes and a dynamic retail district located along Mayfield Road and SOM

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Senate Bill 172

On June 5, 2014, Cuyahoga Land Bank Staff Attorney Doug Sawyer and President Gus Frangos travelled to Columbus to meet with Governor John Kasich for the signing of S.B. 172.The new law provided amendments to the land banking statutes  which

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Neighborhood Initiative Program

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) facilitates the development, rehabilitation and financing of low- to moderate-income housing. The Agency’s programs help first-time homebuyers, renters, senior citizens, and others find quality affordable housing that meets their needs. Formerly a division of

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Cuyahoga Land Bank awarded an additional $1.2 million from OHFA for demolition

This spring, the Cuyahoga Land Bank was awarded the largest portion of $49.5 million in federal Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) for the demolition of blighted vacant properties.  OHFA recently followed up with a

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Making Beautiful Music with the Cuyahoga Land Bank

Aside from a few copper pipes and perhaps some nice woodwork or windows, demolition contractors for the Cuyahoga Land Bank do not often come across valuable treasures in houses scheduled for demolition. Until recently, that is, when demolition contractors discovered

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Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries Celebrates New Urban Garden

On a bright, beautiful Saturday summer morning, staff and residents of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (“LMM”) came together with the Cuyahoga Land Bank, Campus District, Inc. and the Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative to put into reality the vision

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Did You Know?: Cuyahoga Land Bank Receives Eagle Award from County Prosecutor

In May 2014,  the Cuyahoga Land Bank was recognized by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty for the Land Bank’s leadership during the acquisition and demolition of convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro’s property on Cleveland’s west side last summer.  Despite

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The Cuyahoga Land Bank Goes International!

In May, 2014, a delegation of representatives appointed by the embassies of Mexico, Macedonia, Maldives, Turkey and Haiti visited the Cuyahoga Land Bank.  The purpose of their visit was to study economic development trends and housing development in the aftermath

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The Cuyahoga Land Bank Celebrates Five Years!

 It was June 1, 2009 when a group of eight newly hired Land Bank staff sat in a semi-circle in the unfurnished new office space of the Cuyahoga Land Bank at 323 West Lakeside Avenue.  “You are the A-Team.  You

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Fun Fact!: Landbankers On The Run!

Landbankers Michael Schramm, Anurag Saxena, Stephen Love and Cuyahoga Land Bank President, Gus Frangos (before the race) hit the ground running in the 38th Annual Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon last month participating in the 10K and full marathon.  Next year

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Partner Feature: Cuyahoga County Council

Cuyahoga County Council maintains an important partnership with the Cuyahoga Land Bank. Currently, County Council Member Pernel Jones, Jr. (D-8) serves as the Vice Chair and the County Council Representativee on the Board of Directors for the Cuyahoga Land Bank,

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Celebrating the HomeFront Program

 Home is where the heart is! For the American soldiers who risk their lives every day to protect our freedoms, home is a cherished memory and something they dream about coming back to.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank has made this

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Cuyahoga Land Bank helps U.S. military veteran purchase Euclid home at greatly discounted rate (WEWS NewsChannel 5)

There was a popular song during and after the American Civil War which was sung on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” was a song of welcome for soldiers who had fought on both

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5PM: Cuyahyoga Land Bank helps U.S. military veteran purchase Euclid home at greatly discounted rate (WEWS NewsChannel 5)

Here is video footage of the Cuyahoga Land Bank Memorial Day event featuring Holden Gibbons and his home purchase through the Home Front Program.   Watch it from the source here The post 5PM: Cuyahyoga Land Bank helps U.S. military

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PRESS RELEASE: Cuyahoga Land Bank celebrates Memorial Day by honoring Afghanistan Veteran US Army SPC Holden Gibbons, a HomeFront – Cuyahoga County Veteran’s Home Ownership Program Participant

  The Cuyahoga Land Bank, Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik and members of the Veteran’s community gathered together today to honor U.S. Army SPC ­­Holden Gibbons, who is currently renovating a home in Euclid through the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s HomeFront –

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Cuyahoga Land Bank helps veterans find homes (News-Herald)

As a way to give back to the community and local veterans, the Cuyahoga Land Bank has created a unique program that helps veterans achieve home ownership. The HomeFront Veterans Home Ownership Program works with veterans to find renovated homes

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Thriving Communities – Land Banks Gear Up for OHFA Stabilization Dollars

At its April, 2014 quarterly meeting, Thriving Communities Institute (an outreach of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy), county land bank representatives and county treasurers met to discuss best practices, new land bank legislation and emerging guidelines to the Ohio Housing

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Westlake Church on the Rise volunteers start work on Cleveland house for homeless family (Cleveland.com

All the neighbors were curious when a team of volunteers from Westlake’s Church on the Rise descended on a vacant house in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday The team tore out drywall, cleaned up landscaping and generally prepared for

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