A new website for a new Logan County entity was recently launched. Logancountylandbank.com, which is a work in progress, is the internet home of the Logan County Land Bank. The website’s main function will be to make interested parties aware of bidding and property opportunities.
The new county entity was formed last year as the Logan County Land Reutilization Corporation, better known as the Logan County Land Bank. County Land Banks are special community improvement corporations committed to a public purpose. More specifically, these entities can put nonproductive properties back on the tax roll by taking control of vacant and abandoned tax delinquent properties.
In 2017, The Logan County Land Bank was instrumental in helping the City of Bellefontaine prepare its old post office property for an exciting redevelopment opportunity. More recently, the Land Bank was awarded funds from the state for demolition of vacant and blighted residential structures in targeted areas.
Ohio Revised Code enables a county to create a Land Bank and determines members of its board of Directors. By statute the board includes two County Commissioners, the County Treasurer, a representative of the largest city, and an at-large representative. The Logan County Land Bank Board of Directors consists of Director Rick Hatcher, Commissioner Joe Antram, Commissioner John Bayliss, Bellefontaine’s Wes Dodds, and Treasurer Dara Wren. The offices of the Logan County Auditor and Prosecutor coordinate property matters with the Land Bank, and the LUC Regional Planning Commission is providing operational support.
The mission of the non-profit Logan County Land Reutilization Corporation is to improve the quality of life in Logan County by stabilizing neighborhoods and increasing property values. The LCLRC will accomplish this by focusing on the acquisition and redevelopment of vacant and blighted properties through partnerships with public and private entities, with an objective of restoring these lands to productive use in the community.
Information from Logan County Land Bank officials.