The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is partnering with the Town of DeWitt, agreeing to take title to "zombie properties" that the Town will pursue through eminent domain. Read the full article from www.syracuse.com.
The Albany County Land Bank has been announced as one of five finalist in the most recent round of applications for a training program run by the Center for Community Progress. The Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) program brings a task force of experts to communities around the country, to work with local officials on developing new plans, policies, and regulations to address blighted and abandoned properties. Read more about Albany's application here.
Great piece following up on the work of three land banks in the Capital Region following the recent "Breathing Lights" installation, which did wonders to attract attention to vacant and abandoned properties. Full Article
Yesterday the Greater Syracuse Land Bank held its annual meeting, announcing that after three years of selling property it had just closed on its 400th sale - a single-family home sold under its Home Ownership Choice program to a first-time home-buyer. Read the full WAER story here.
Katelyn Wright, the Greater Syracuse Land Bank’s executive director, and Paul Driscoll, the City’s Commissioner of Neighborhood & Business Development, were interviewed on the December 9, 2016 episode of WCNY’s “Insight.” This episode features an interview with Rihine D. Hinds, a local electrical contractor who purchased 236 Hillsdale Ave. from the Land Bank in March 2016. Mr. Hinds purchased this house to renovate for him and his family and this segment highlights his experience buying from the Land Bank and their renovation project in-progress.
(Episode Aired December 9, 2016)
The NY Land Bank Association hosted its annual conference in Syracuse, NY last week. Staff and board members from 14 of the state's 18 land banks and from one community applying to create a land bank came together for two days of education and training sessions and to share information with one another. We were briefly joined by Senator David Valeksy (near the right in this photo), one of the sponsors of the NY Land Bank Act signed into law in 2011 and sponsor of numerous amendments to the Act passed in recent years.
Requests For Funding Will Be Accepted From Eight New Land Banks Primarily In Rural Communities Upstate, Plus State’s Original 10 Land Banks
New Funding Comes As A.G. Report Finds New York’s Original 10 Land Banks Have Successfully Reclaimed More Than 1,900 Blighted Homes, Saved More Than $19 Million In Homeowner Equity Statewide Since 2013
Since 2013, A.G. Schneiderman has provided more than $33 million to land banks with funding secured through settlements with the nation’s largest banks over misconduct that contributed to the housing crisis. This latest funding, made possible by settlements announced earlier this year with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, will be offered through a competitive Request for Proposals to the state’s original 10 land banks, as well as the newest eight land banks which have formed in the last year and which are located primarily in rural communities throughout upstate New York.
New York Land Bank Association Launches new website.