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December 15, 2017

12/7/2017 4:13:00 PM
Jackson County Land Bank awarded grant

Lee Hubbard, Chairman of the Jackson County Land Reutilization Corporation (the Land Bank), is pleased to announce that the Land Bank has been approved for $300,000 in demolition funding through the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Blighted houses will soon be demolished by the Land Bank. Approximately 15 to 20 structures in Jackson, Wellston and other targeted communities will be razed.

While many of the properties will be acquired through tax foreclosure, the Land Bank may accept donations of vacant and blighted structures in need of demolition. Once the property has been cleared of all structures and the lot is greened the Land Bank may transfer the property to qualified end users, including adjoining neighbors, nonprofit organizations and taxing subdivisions. The Land Bank may also hold the property for future development.

The Jackson County Land Bank was incorporated in May 2017 to serve as the county agency for blight remediation, repurposing vacant and abandoned properties into community assets, and returning properties to the tax rolls. The Land Bank Board of Directors is chaired by Lee Hubbard (County Treasurer) and includes County Commissioners Ed Armstrong and Paul Haller as well as Jackson Mayor Randy Heath and Wellston Engineer Tim Wojdacz. The Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the office of the County Commissioners, 275 Portsmouth Street, Jackson.

Property owners interested in donating properties to the Land Bank or wishing to acquire Land Bank properties should contact either Gary Radabaugh (Health Department) at 740-286-2829 or Lee Hubbard (County Treasurer) at 740-286-2402.

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