One of seven land banks profiled in the Center for Community Progress (CCP) new report, “Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods,” the Genesee County Land Bank in the Mott Foundation’s home community of Flint celebrated a decade of work in 2014.
The first of 36 established in Michigan, the Genesee County Land Bank has accepted 14,803 tax-foreclosed properties over the past 10 years. It has demolished 4,946 properties and positioned a number of vacant properties for more than $70 million in investments. Working in collaboration with other county agencies, the land bank also has:
- Removed more than 4,000 tons of trash.
- Boarded and secured more than 2,000 vacant structures.
- Mowed more than 65,000 vacant properties via its Clean & Green Program.
- Leased 701 vacant lots for care and reuse.
- Sold 947 vacant lots.
- Planted clover on 700 vacant lots, with 500 more anticipated by Spring 2015.
- Sold more than 2,200 houses, more than 1,700 through land contracts.