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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We were excited to see both familiar and new faces at this month’s Calhoun Builders Connection at Torti Taco Bar and Grill!

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from John Hughes of Battle Creek Unlimited, Christina Reed from the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan, and had time to mix, mingle, and munch on a delicious (and free!) breakfast provided by Torti Taco.

This monthly event brings together tradespeople, contractors, developers, and municipalities to uplift conversations and opportunities in our community. Be sure to join us next month on March 22nd!

If we forgot to tag you or your business, comment below; we'd love to stay connected!

City of Battle Creek, MI Government Small Business Battle Creek Community Action LISC Kalamazoo Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) W.K. Kellogg Foundation Calhoun County Government City of Albion, Michigan City of Marshall, MI - Government City of Springfield, Michigan Downtown Battle Creek NIBC Emmett Charter Township
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We were excited to see both familiar and new faces at this month’s Calhoun Builders Connection at Torti Taco Bar and Grill!

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from John Hughes of Battle Creek Unlimited, Christina Reed from the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan, and had time to mix, mingle, and munch on a delicious (and free!) breakfast provided by Torti Taco.

This monthly event brings together tradespeople, contractors, developers, and municipalities to uplift conversations and opportunities in our community. Be sure to join us next month on March 22nd!

If we forgot to tag you or your business, comment below; wed love to stay connected!

City of Battle Creek, MI Government Small Business Battle Creek Community Action LISC Kalamazoo Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) W.K. Kellogg Foundation Calhoun County Government City of Albion, Michigan City of Marshall, MI - Government City of Springfield, Michigan Downtown Battle Creek NIBC Emmett Charter TownshipImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Applications are now available for the 2024 Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance (NMM) Program in Calhoun County. This program is offered annually by the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority for the maintenance of its vacant properties in the cities of Battle Creek and Albion.

Application available here: calhounlandbank.org/neighborhood-mow-maintenance/

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Applications are now available for the 2024 Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance (NMM) Program in Calhoun County. This program is offered annually by the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority for the maintenance of its vacant properties in the cities of Battle Creek and Albion.

Application available here: https://calhounlandbank.org/neighborhood-mow-maintenance/

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Coming up THIS Friday, February 23rd!

Join us and learn more about Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) from economic development specialist, John Hughes. BCU has helped people and business find ways to create economic opportunity in southwest Michigan for 50 years. Come and learn more about how they may be able to help you and your business, plus get an update on Battle Creek’s possibilities and progress on the business front.

FREE coffee and breakfast are provided - we hope to see you there at Torti Taco Bar and Grill

The Calhoun Builders Connection aims to provide support to existing and emerging contractors, and to help them network, find job opportunities, and to converse and learn with other contractors and small business owners.

Calhoun County Government City of Battle Creek, MI Government City of Albion, Michigan City of Marshall, MI - Government City of Springfield, Michigan Home Builders Association of Western Michigan
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Coming up THIS Friday, February 23rd!

Join us and learn more about Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) from economic development specialist, John Hughes. BCU has helped people and business find ways to create economic opportunity in southwest Michigan for 50 years. Come and learn more about how they may be able to help you and your business, plus get an update on Battle Creek’s possibilities and progress on the business front.

FREE coffee and breakfast are provided - we hope to see you there at Torti Taco Bar and Grill 

The Calhoun Builders Connection aims to provide support to existing and emerging contractors, and to help them network, find job opportunities, and to converse and learn with other contractors and small business owners.

Calhoun County Government City of Battle Creek, MI Government City of Albion, Michigan City of Marshall, MI - Government City of Springfield, Michigan Home Builders Association of Western Michigan

2024’s Black History Month theme is “Celebrating African Americans and the Arts”. Battle Creek has incredible local artwork like the Black Lives Matter mural at 80 Riverside Drive, which is a compilation of murals done by several different artists, and the Sojourner Truth mural on Capital Ave NE, done by the artist Sintex. Today we celebrate these amazing murals brought to our community by Color the Creek!

Who are some of your favorite black artists, whether past or present? Share with us below in the comments!

#BLM #BlackHistoryMonth2024 #supportlocalartists

📷credit: Stephanie Parshall, Color the Creek

Artists: Wren Herring, Gerald King, Jamari Taylor, Sintex, Teaira Gray, Vania Word and Branden Redmond
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2024’s Black History Month theme is “Celebrating African Americans and the Arts”. Battle Creek has incredible local artwork like the Black Lives Matter mural at 80 Riverside Drive, which is a compilation of murals done by several different artists, and the Sojourner Truth mural on Capital Ave NE, done by the artist Sintex.  Today we celebrate these amazing murals brought to our community by Color the Creek!
 
Who are some of your favorite black artists, whether past or present? Share with us below in the comments! 
 
#BLM #BlackHistoryMonth2024 #supportlocalartists 

📷credit: Stephanie Parshall, Color the Creek

Artists: Wren Herring, Gerald King, Jamari Taylor, Sintex, Teaira Gray, Vania Word and Branden RedmondImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

The next Calhoun County Land Bank Authority Board of Directors Meeting will take place next Wednesday, February 21st, 2023, at 3:30 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public and will be in the Human Resources Conference Room, on the 3rd floor of the County Building located at 315 W Green Street in Marshall.

For a complete schedule checkout our website at calhounlandbank.org!
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The next Calhoun County Land Bank Authority Board of Directors Meeting will take place next Wednesday, February 21st, 2023, at 3:30 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public and will be in the Human Resources Conference Room, on the 3rd floor of the County Building located at 315 W Green Street in Marshall.

For a complete schedule checkout our website at calhounlandbank.org!
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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.