Supporting the Revitalization of Communities in Calhoun County


The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority is a catalyst for community stabilization by creating equitable, inclusive opportunities through sustainably repurposing challenged properties.

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Land banks prove their power — if used correctly

Land banks have proven to be a powerful economic development tool since the Michigan Legislature’s adoption of the Land Bank Fast Track Act nearly 20 years ago. The 2003 Act was a package of tax and economic development bills that created land banks and gave them a number of powers to assist governmental entities with clearing title to properties and placing properties back into productive use. Taken together, these bills codified a “wish list” of revisions that added both certainty and a set of extraordinarily powerful tools to the redevelopment toolbox. Most often, land banks acquire tax-foreclosed properties. Prior to the 2003 Act, acquiring clean title to these properties presented monumental challenges that impeded development. The Act allows land banks to proceed with a quiet title action in circuit court, which is obligated to handle this expeditiously, enabling land banks to facilitate the development of properties and return them to the tax rolls. Important role in brownfields Land banks can assist in other areas of property development — namely under the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, which is commonly referred to as Act 381. This law has a similar purpose as the Land Bank Fast Track Act: promote the revitalization, redevelopment and reuse of certain property, including tax-reverted, blighted, functionally obsolete and other property. Importantly, under Act 381, properties that qualify as brownfields can leverage certain redevelopment tools. Eligible properties include contaminated or functionally obsolete facilities, historic buildings or structures and blighted properties. This is where land banks can play another important role. Act 381 defines a “blighted” property as one “owned by or under the control of a land bank fast track authority whether or not located within a qualified local government unit.” That means a land bank’s involvement in a development project can provide an otherwise unqualified project with core

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TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!

Don't forget to join us and the Center for Community Progress at the Washington Heights United Methodist Church & Community tonight at 6pm for a Community Conversation surrounding legacy and heirs' properties!
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On behalf of the Washington Heights Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Lynn Ward Gray and the Land Bank Authority invite you to a Community Conversation this Wednesday, April 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Washington Heights United Methodist Church & Community. As Lynn explains in the video, we’ll be discussing heirs’ and legacy property, and possibilities for improving policies and procedures that affect the community around this issue. We hope to see you there. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please note that the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority will be closed on Friday, March 29th, as County and Court offices are closed for the Good Friday holiday. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
Please note that the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority will be closed on Friday, March 29th, as County and Court offices are closed for the Good Friday holiday.

Many folks endured Friday’s wintry weather to be part of yet another great Calhoun Builders Connection meet-up at Torti Taco Bar and Grill!

Those who came heard Ken Smokoska from The Metal Shop LLC, Keiara Gladney from Goodwill Industries on their summer paid skilled trades pre-apprenticeship program with Kellogg Community College, AND were able to celebrate one of the first attendees of the Calhoun Builders Connection, Robert Blanchard of 66 Builders, on receiving his official builder’s license!

Thank you again to all who came, celebrated, mingled, and learned; we look forward to another great meet-up next month on April 26th!

This monthly event brings together tradespeople, contractors, developers, and municipalities to uplift conversations and opportunities in our community.
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3 weeks ago
Many folks endured Friday’s wintry weather to be part of yet another great Calhoun Builders Connection meet-up at Torti Taco Bar and Grill! 

Those who came heard Ken Smokoska from The Metal Shop LLC, Keiara Gladney from Goodwill Industries on their summer paid skilled trades pre-apprenticeship program with Kellogg Community College, AND were able to celebrate one of the first attendees of the Calhoun Builders Connection, Robert Blanchard of 66 Builders, on receiving his official builder’s license!

Thank you again to all who came, celebrated, mingled, and learned; we look forward to another great meet-up next month on April 26th!

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Monday is the last chance to submit your application for the Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance Program. If your local community group is looking for a way to earn money and you have a method for mowing lawns, this program could be perfect for you. Apply before end of day Monday, March 25!

calhounlandbank.org/neighborhood-mow-maintenance/
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3 weeks ago
Monday is the last chance to submit your application for the Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance Program. If your local community group is looking for a way to earn money and you have a method for mowing lawns, this program could be perfect for you. Apply before end of day Monday, March 25! 

calhounlandbank.org/neighborhood-mow-maintenance/
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The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority is a catalyst for community stabilization by creating equitable, inclusive opportunities through sustainably repurposing challenged properties.