Empty, deserted, and open properties can hurt property values and be public hazards. The Land Bank can help. When possible, we take ownership of these properties and find the funding to remove them. Demolition produces a positive community outcome. Property values rise, public health and safety improves, and neighborhoods get stronger.
How it works
Because we've made so much progress over the years in this area, the Land Bank will be redirecting much of the time we spent on demolition projects to to other neighborhood investments, like renovation and side lot transfers. However, we may still be a resource to help you with a nuisance property that needs to be demolished.
Use the Request Investigation link above to bring a property to our attention. We will respond to you with more information about how we might solve this problem property together!
2014 to 2020: OHFA Neighborhood Initiative Program
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency's Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) made our large-scale demolition work possible starting in 2014 through the end of 2020. During that time, over 2,800 of the worst nuisance houses in Toledo and Lucas County were demolished, leveraging over $30,000,000 of federal, state, and local investment. We're proud to have made such a tremendous difference in our neighborhoods!
Although a very small amount of this work will carry-forward into 2021, the project is substantially complete and no large-scale funding is anticipated going forward. You can read about our major NIP accomplishments and see a full list of the properties removed during this period below.
2012 to 2014: Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program
In August 2012, the Land Bank and Ohio Attorney General's office began a new partnership. The office awarded the Land Bank the Moving Ohio Forward demolition grant. Together we planned to improve our community by demolishing approximately 800 vacant properties. By September 30, 2014, the Land Bank completed this mission. 862 properties in Lucas County received demolition work.