CRAWFORD COUNTY LAND REUTILIZATION CORPORATION
We are pleased to make this web site available to you in order to share important information regarding the structure and work of the Crawford County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC), which may be better known as the Crawford County Land Bank. On December 4, 2015, this land bank was officially incorporated as a non-profit entity and since that date, has been approved as a 501(C)(3) organization.
The Crawford County Land Bank has been formed according to the laws of Ohio, particularly chapters 1724 and 5722 of the Ohio Revised Code. The five-member Land Bank board consists of three statutory members, including the County Treasurer and two County Commissioners. A representative of the largest city in the County is the fourth member and the fifth member was chosen by the three statutory members. After organization, the Board established policies and procedures, selected legal counsel and made other organizational decisions.
In general, our County Land Bank will be working to help return vacant, low value properties to productive use. This involves acquiring properties and sometimes managing the demolition of unwanted, blighted residential structures. The land bank will not seek to hold properties for extended periods of time but can transfer land to interested and eligible landowners.
Currently, the Crawford County Land Bank is working to acquire blighted, vacant homes that have been recommended for demolition, using funding provided by a grant from the State of Ohio. We need to have 35 vacant homes in our possession by May 18, 2017 in order to continue to qualify for the full amount of the grant funding. We can receive properties by the Tax Foreclosure process and donations. At this time, it would be beneficial if any property owner would like to donate an unwanted, low value residential property to the land bank for demolition. Please contact Barb McCullough, manager at 419-562-7861 or send a message for further information.