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We are working hard to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals and improve the quality of life for county residents and we want you to know what we are up to.  We hope that this newsletter will give you more insight into what we do here at the Cuyahoga Land Bank. 

We recently issued our very first Annual Report for 2009-2011 .  Please take a moment to review what we have been up to for the last two years!


In This Issue
Planting Veggies, Cultivating Community
Land Bank Keeps it Local, Puts the Brakes on Slum Landlords
New Opportunities for Local Section-3 Contractors
Wells Fargo, Bank of America donating properties to Cuyahoga Land Bank



Community gardens have been a part of city neighborhoods for years now-and what began as a solution to a vacant lot has developed into one of South Euclid's most appealing programs.


The Cuyahoga Land Bank had purchased a condemned house on Warrendale Road from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $100, demolished the home and deeded it to the City of South Euclid. City officials decided to offer the plot as a community garden-and from there, a citywide gardening program developed, with outcomes that none of the participants had... Read More


An agreement finalized last July between the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Cuyahoga County Land Bank will prevent hundreds of severely neglected HUD properties in Cleveland from being sold to negligent owners who have no interest in improving city neighborhoods.


Instead, the dilapidated properties will be either rehabbed or demolished. That's good news for Cleveland. "I'm very happy with the way it turned out," Gus Frangos, Land Bank president, told reporters when the agreement was announced... Read More



Finding and landing bid contracts just got easier for qualified Section 3 contractors in Cuyahoga County, thanks to a workshop sponsored by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 2 Consortium, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Small Business Development Center.


Almost 30 contractors attended the spring event, where they learned how to bid on demolition, rehab and construction jobs... Read More 


This is the first of many newsletters we intend to send out to help keep you informed about the work we are so proud to be doing every day.  Please share our message with your friends and neighbors and work with us to re-imagine Cuyahoga County.




Gus Frangos
President and General Counsel
Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp
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Wells Fargo, BOA donating Properties to Land Bank
The Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (Cuyahoga Land Bank) has gained some welcome collaboration in the battle to alleviate the impact of foreclosure and abandonment in Cuyahoga County from and Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Read More


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The two bedroom house on West 122nd Street doesn't look like much - the lawn is unkempt, the porch cries out for fresh paint and the front door is boarded up. Yet a closer inspection reveals a bevy of hidden charms, including leaded glass windows, oak floors and built-in cabinets.


Now, thanks to a new initiative has been launched by the nonprofit Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH), this bank-owned home in Cleveland will go from being an eyesore - and a symbol of the national foreclosure crisis - to something the neighbors... Read More

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