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October 2011

 

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As part of our effort to share our work with more people, we are creating a series of videos that address the different aspects that go into the effort of returning properties to productive use.  Our first completed video addresses DEMOLITION.  Please check it out and share it with your friends!
"Demolition" by The Cuyahoga Land Bank.
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In This Issue
PBS puts its Spotlight on the Land Bank
Land Bank's Search and Rescue Connection
Land Bank to Eliminate Berea Eyesores
Land Bank Demolishes 27 Apt Buildings, 31 Homes in East Cleveland!

PBS PUTS ITS SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAND BANK 

 

No one expected the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) would choose the Cuyahoga Land Bank to illustrate how America's cities are responding to the foreclosure crisis - but perhaps we should have.  After all, with some 13,000 vacant or abandoned houses - and another 20,000 to 30,000 more expected in the next several years, according to Gus Frangos, president of the Land Bank - few cities can illustrate the urgency of the country's housing problems more clearly than Cleveland...Read More 

 
LAND BANK'S SEARCH AND RESCUE CONNECTION

We take it for granted that firefighters know what to do when they rescue someone from a collapsed building - but how do they train for such a job?

"Thanks to the Land Bank, we know can go into real collapsed homes for our training, says Ron James, head of Urban Search and Rescue Operations for Region 2 (five counties in Northeast Ohio), the team that rescues people from collapsed structures...Read More

LAND BANK FUNDS TO ELIMINATE BEREA EYESORES

 

Berea was ready to create a new Uptown District - a blending of homes, small commercial businesses, entertainment spots and green space - but one factor stood in the way: a pair of vacant auot dealerships on Front Street.

The old Williams Ford and Serpentini Ford buildings had been purchased by the City of Berea and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) years ago, to make way for a new freeway overpass as part of the redevelopment project.  But demolishing such a massive property was a huge undertaking and hugely expensive... Read More 

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Gus Frangos
President and General Counsel
Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp
Featured Article

LAND BANK DEMOLISHES 27 APT BUILDINGS, 31 HOMES IN EAST CLEVELAND!


This week, the Cuyahoga Land Bank began to reimagine seven acres in East Cleveland, when we started the demolition of 27 apartment buildings and 31 homes that had long stood vacant and abandoned on Hartshorn Avenue, in addition to the deconstruction of five apartment buildings on Eddy Road.  The largest scale joint demolition and deconstruction project that the Land Bank has undertaken to date, this gathering of three development sites.... 

 

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Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People 

 

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP) strives to empower residents and stabilize communities through preserving home ownership.  Foreclosure Prevention Advocates fight to keep borrowers in their homes with affordable payments using partnership agreements with mortgage lenders and servicers along with state and federal programs such as Restoring Stability and HAMP.  ESOP community Organizers also work with neighborhood residents to address health and safety issues that arise from foreclosed properties that become vacant and abandoned...Read More 


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