How is Fairfield County Land Reutilization Corporation funded?

The Land Bank is not funded through general revenue funds of the County. The Land Bank is funded through an additional fee of five per cent of all collections of delinquent real property, personal property, and manufactured and mobile home taxes and assessments. O.R.C. 321.261.
Monthly Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Fairfield County Commissioners’ Hearing Room
210 E Main St., 3rd Floor, Lancaster, Ohio
Press Release

October 24, 2019
Fairfield County Land Bank Announces New Grant Programs for Local Governments and Non-profit Organizations
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Who is responsible for the governance and operations of the Fairfield County Land Reutilization Corporation?
The Land Bank is governed by a Board of Directors. Ohio law requires a minimum of five Directors, including the county treasurer and two of the three county commissioners.
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Use of Targeted Areas

• NIP application provided by deadline
• Collaborative, strategic approach
• Targeted areas identified in a broad manner

What is the Fairfield County Land Reutilization Corporation?

The Fairfield County Land Reutilization Corporation (“Land Bank”) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to strategically acquire properties and return them to productive use.  As part of its mission the Land Bank seeks to reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals, promote economic development and improve the quality of life for County residents.

What is the Land Bank currently doing?

In 2014 the Fairfield County Land Bank received a $642,000 award under the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).  The funds are intended for use on vacant residential structures in specific targeted areas throughout Fairfield County.  The NIP award has subsequently been increased to $995,000.  Over the course of the last 4 years this funding has been instrumental in allowing the Land Bank to remove 43 blighted structures throughout the county.  The final deadline for all activity under the program is December 2019.  All demolition projects under this program will be completed late 2019.

The Land Bank recently received a state grant to pay for the removal of underground storage tanks and site clean up at the former Workingman’s Friend site, 805 E. Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio.  This is a site in dire need of cleanup, and with the approved funding we will ensure the site is clean and usable in the future.

The Land Bank is also working with townships and villages throughout the county on the removal of blighted and unsafe structures.  Projects are currently under way in Liberty Township, Violet Township and the village of Carroll.

The Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2pm in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.