Columbus / Franklin County Land Bank
- November 6, 2011 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm #88985
Land bank proposed for county
By Lucas Sullivan
The Columbus Dispatch
Sunday November 6, 2011 5:58 AM
Boarded up windows that say “KEEP OUT,” dying landscaping and jagged pieces of sidewalk provide a desolate mural of the economic woes for residents along Sullivant Avenue on Columbus’ West Side. Homeowners here are angry that dozens of vacant homes in their neighborhood have been left to rot.
“They need to just start knocking these places down,” said Anita Perkins, 68, who lives near the 2500 block of Sullivant. That’s just what the county wants to do.
Last week, Franklin County Treasurer Edward Leonard pitched his plan to the Columbus City Schools to create the county’s first land bank.
READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/11/06/land-bank-proposed-for-county.htmlFebruary 25, 2012 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #468923
Land bank to focus on ‘nice’ areas
By Lucas Sullivan and Mark Ferenchik
Saturday February 25, 2012 10:41 AM
Franklin County’s newly formed land bank will not deal with the community’s most blighted areas, and it won’t address property in the city of Columbus — even though $1.1 million in tax revenue will be diverted from Columbus City Schools to start the bank.
“We don’t intend to work in areas where there is significant blight” because the plan is to go after homes that if improved or demolished would immediately improve property values, said Hamilton J. Teaford, executive director of the nonprofit that will run the bank.
READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/25/landbank-to-focus-on-nice-areas.htmlMarch 13, 2012 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm #468924
Columbus And Franklin County Turn To Land Banks To Fight Blight
March 12, 2012
by Tom Borgerding
89.7 NPR News Managing Editor
As some residential neighborhoods in Columbus and Franklin County sink from the effects of abandoned properties, local governments are turning to land banks to stop the decline. But, limited resources means the land banks cannot help all blighted properties. “The street is looking like something from shantytown.”
READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/03/12/columbus-and-franklin-county-turn-to-land-banks-to-fight-blight/March 15, 2012 5:40 pm at 5:40 pm #468925
Land bank will help in Columbus after all
By Lucas Sullivan
The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday March 15, 2012 5:12 AM
Officials with Franklin County’s new land bank said this week they plan to aggressively address properties in the city of Columbus, a dramatically different approach from what the executive director described last month. “This land bank intends to serve the entire county and is going to be looking at various opportunities to intervene where we have vacant/blighted properties that are tax delinquent,” said John Edgar, the president of the nonprofit group hired to operate the land bank. “Those properties are found in all sorts of neighborhoods around Franklin County, including the city of Columbus.”
READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/15/land-bank-will-help-in-columbus-after-all.htmlApril 17, 2012 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #468926
Organization Has Concerns Over New Franklin County Landbank
By: TOM BROCKMAN | NBC4
Published: April 16, 2012
Boarded up houses are plaguing many neighborhoods throughout Central Ohio. In response, some communities have turned to landbanks. That allows local governments to acquire properties that are delinquent on taxes with the intention of either repairing or demolishing them. The City of Columbus has credited its landbank with either fixing up or demolishing hundreds of dilapidated and dangerous homes.
READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/apr/16/6/organization-has-concerns-over-new-franklin-county-ar-1002571/June 30, 2012 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #468927
County land bank director resigns over “restraints”
By Josh Jarman
The Columbus Dispatch
Friday June 29, 2012 3:58 PM
The leader of Franklin County’s nascent land bank stepped down this week because of conflicts over how the organization should be run. Hamilton J. Teaford, who had served as the executive director of the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation, and then stayed on in that role after the organization transformed into the county land bank earlier this year, submitted a letter of resignation on Monday to Treasurer Ed Leonard.
READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/06/29/teaford-resigns.htmlJuly 16, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm #468928
Land Bank Receives $8.2 Million Grant To Target Blighted Homes
Monday July 16, 2012 5:48 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation has been awarded an $8.2 million grant to pursue demolitions of blighted residential properties throughout Franklin County. Franklin County Treasurer Ed Leonard estimates that the grant would help demolish between 1,200 and 1,500 properties.
READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/07/16/columbus-land-bank-receives-grant-to-demolish-homes.htmlJuly 23, 2012 3:22 pm at 3:22 pm #468929
County Hopes To Raze Vacant House Problem
July 23, 2012
by Steve Brown
89.7 NPR News Morning Anchor
If you drive through Franklinton, Linden, or one of a few other neighborhoods in Columbus, you’ll see house after house with boarded up windows and an orange “vacant” sign on the door.
READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/07/23/county-hopes-to-raze-vacant-house-problem/December 1, 2012 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #468930July 3, 2013 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm #468931
New Speedy Foreclosures Mean 400 Blighted Homes To Come Down
Tuesday July 2, 2013 5:27 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Starting this fall, hundreds of homes will be bulldozed in Franklin County. On Tuesday, the county prosecutor filed the first of a new type of speedy foreclosure, with 400 more to come in the next few weeks. A year ago, Matt Talbot left German Village and moved into a renovated house downtown on Ann Street, close to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/07/02/columbus-blighted-homes-to-come-down.htmlJuly 3, 2013 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm #468932
and moved into a renovated house downtown on Ann Street
Sloppy reporting as usual.July 3, 2013 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #468933
Sloppy reporting as usual.
I don’t think it’s sloppy reporting… it’s a general lack of awareness about neighborhood and area boundaries, and a lack of style guidelines/standards when editing these stories.October 28, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am #1048085
City Hits Record Number of Properties in Land Bank, Citizens Want Them to Sell More
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Faugl
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) — The City of Columbus has more properties in its land bank than it has ever had, but some citizens want to know why more aren’t being sold.
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