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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Please note that the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority will be closed on Monday, May 27th, as County and Court offices observe Memorial Day.

We look forward to serving you upon our return on Tuesday, May 28th.
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Please note that the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority will be closed on Monday, May 27th, as County and Court offices observe Memorial Day.

We look forward to serving you upon our return on Tuesday, May 28th.

"Previously awarded EPA grants to the CCLBA supported downtown projects and commercial demolitions," said CCLBA Executive Director Krista Trout-Edwards. "This grant expands on that work to include potential for residential opportunities primarily in the cities of Battle Creek and Albion. The Land Bank is committed to being a good community partner, and working with its coalition members—the City of Albion and the Battle Creek Community Foundation—and the EPA to revitalize communities across the county."

Read more about the recently awarded EPA grant here: www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-announces-more-300-million-brownfield-grants...

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Previously awarded EPA grants to the CCLBA supported downtown projects and commercial demolitions, said CCLBA Executive Director Krista Trout-Edwards. This grant expands on that work to include potential for residential opportunities primarily in the cities of Battle Creek and Albion. The Land Bank is committed to being a good community partner, and working with its coalition members—the City of Albion and the Battle Creek Community Foundation—and the EPA to revitalize communities across the county.

Read more about the recently awarded EPA grant here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-announces-more-300-million-brownfield-grants-through

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Coming up THIS Friday, May 24!

Felicia Mares and Dale Boyer of CityLinC will be talking about their work and mission, but will be specifically diving into their SecondWind Mentors program.

To read more about CityLinC and their programs, please see their website: www.citylinc.org/programs

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.
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Coming up THIS Friday, May 24!

Felicia Mares and Dale Boyer of CityLinC will be talking about their work and mission, but will be specifically diving into their SecondWind Mentors program. 

To read more about CityLinC and their programs, please see their website: https://www.citylinc.org/programs

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.

We love the recent interest that we’ve received in our Adopt-a-Lot program due to popularity of a recent TikTok and Instagram reel! Please note that this program is available to Calhoun County, Michigan residents only, and typically individuals who have property within close proximity, if not adjacent, to the lot.
We accommodate all kinds of purposes for using these lots, but ultimately the goal is to not invest additional funds into the lot adoption, so gardening or erecting structures is not permitted due to lack of infrastructure.
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We love the recent interest that we’ve received in our Adopt-a-Lot program due to popularity of a recent TikTok and Instagram reel! Please note that this program is available to Calhoun County, Michigan residents only, and typically individuals who have property within close proximity, if not adjacent, to the lot. 
We accommodate all kinds of purposes for using these lots, but ultimately the goal is to not invest additional funds into the lot adoption, so gardening or erecting structures is not permitted due to lack of infrastructure.

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If you sold the lots as your charter and guidelines state you are supposed to, you wouldn’t need to have them adopted. If you stopped picking and choosing who you want to have them, a lot more people would benefit. Oh but then you wouldn’t have control over people.

This project is part of the recent $3M grant we received from the state to reduce blight in our community. We look forward to seeing this place revitalized in Albion!

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This project is part of the recent $3M grant we received from the state to reduce blight in our community. We look forward to seeing this place revitalized in Albion!

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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.