See the link below for minutes of the June 28, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors of Mahoning County Land Bank:
Visitors are guaranteed to see one giant butterfly at the new Butterfly Habitat on Youngstown’s North Side.
That’s because neighbors and students pulled together over the summer to transform a pair of vacant, overgrown city lots into a bright spot. They cut the grass, raked up leaves, cleaned debris and, with the help of a local landscaper, planted pollinator-friendly perennial flowers and plants in an attractive design. At the center of it all is the outline of a monarch butterfly made entirely of painted and unpainted tires.
The effort was led by Know Your Neighbor Block Watch, a winner of a 2016 Youth Greening Grant from Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. The grant was funded through the Youth Violence Prevention Center at University of Michigan and intended to create new community gathering spaces while engaging youth in community and leadership development.
As the block watch looked at places to install a butterfly habitat, its leaders consulted Mahoning County Land Bank. A pair of land bank-owned vacant lots at Ohio and West Dennick avenues became the project site. The County Land Bank also invested in the installation, thanks to a greening grant it received from The Raymond John Wean Foundation.
Read the full press release here: butterfly celebration press release
The Board of Directors of Mahoning County Land Bank currently meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the County Commissioners’ conference room, County Administration Building, 21 W. Boardman St., downtown Youngstown, unless otherwise posted. See links below to read minutes of the July 26, 2016 meeting.
In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 1724.05, Mahoning County Land Bank is publishing its Annual Financial Report for the period ending Dec. 31, 2015. Read it here:
The fourth Annual Meeting of Mahoning County Land Bank’s Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Campbell Community Center at Roosevelt Park, Struthers-Liberty Road.
The Board of Directors will elect officers to one-year terms during this meeting and review land bank activities during 2015, including its administration of a $4.76 million demolition reimbursement award in five Mahoning County communities.
The mission of Mahoning County Land Bank is to restore vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent property to productive use. Besides demolition, the Land Bank also acquires and sells side lots to adjoining owners, manages a program to secure private investment in vacant houses that need minimal to moderate renovations, and assembles land for reuse.
The Annual Meeting will be held instead of the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors, which was scheduled on April 26.
Meetings will be at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Mahoning County Commissioners’ Conference Room, 21 W. Boardman St., Second Floor, Youngstown, unless otherwise posted.
Meeting dates for Calendar Year 2016 are as follows:
- Jan. 26
- Feb. 23
- March 22
- April 26
- May 24
- June 28
- July 26
- Aug. 23
- Sept. 27
- Oct. 25
- Nov. 22
- Dec. 27
Mahoning County Land Bank meeting changes and notices for December 2015 are as follows:
1. The Board of Directors will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, not Dec. 22 as previously announced.
2. The Board’s Finance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.
3. The Board’s Personnel Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Each of the aforementioned meetings will be held in the conference room within the Mahoning County Commissioners suite, County Administration Building, 21 W. Boardman St., downtown Youngstown.
Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) this week awarded an additional $500,000 to Mahoning County Land Bank to continue demolition of blighted, abandoned houses in five communities.
OHFA oversees the Neighborhood Initiative Program, which is designed to remove vacant and blighted properties in targeted areas to prevent future foreclosures for existing homeowners in those neighborhoods. Reimbursement grants for demolition and greening expenses have been awarded to qualifying county land banks since 2014. Mahoning County Land Bank initially received an award of $4.26 million. The additional award is a performance bonus for meeting or exceeding program requirements.
“Mahoning County Land Bank’s leadership in the Neighborhood Initiative Program already has made a positive impact for residents,” said Debora Flora, Executive Director of the Mahoning County Land Bank. “We are grateful for these additional resources, which will bolster our efforts to restore safety and confidence in our neighborhoods.”
YOUNGSTOWN — A generous grant from The Raymond John Wean Foundation will help Mahoning County Land Bank to further reduce blight in neighborhoods.
The Wean Foundation (http://www.rjweanfdn.org) has awarded $45,000 to a nonprofit organization that supports the County Land Bank’s work and mission toward the costs of removing trash and planting grass, trees and flowers on vacant land. The grant complements the County Land Bank’s Vacant Lot Beautification Fund, which was created in May to cover the costs of cleaning, greening and beautifying undeveloped land in neighborhoods.
Debora Flora, the County Land Bank’s executive director, says the fund and the Wean Foundation’s award will make neighborhood revitalization efforts more complete.
“Recent demolition funding awards have provided money for light landscaping after blighted, abandoned homes have been removed,” she said. “We realized that our greening efforts could be diluted by the presence of additional vacant, abandoned lots that often are overgrown, littered and hazardous.”
The County Land Bank’s Directors agreed to create an ongoing funding stream when they established the Vacant Lot Beautification Fund. A portion of proceeds from every sale of vacant land or house in the County Land Bank’s inventory will be earmarked for this fund. Mahoning County has thousands of vacant, abandoned lots, however, which is why additional contributions to the Vacant Lot Beautification Fund will be sought. “We are extremely grateful to The Raymond John Wean Foundation not only for its generosity, but also for being the first to support us in this endeavor,” Flora said.
Mahoning County Land Bank strategically acquires distressed properties and returns them to productive, taxpaying use, thereby reducing blight, stabilizing neighborhoods and property values, promoting neighborhood reinvestment and economic development opportunities; and improving quality of life throughout the county.
Mahoning County Land Bank, a nonprofit community improvement corporation, seeks an experienced, full-time Project Coordinator to work with the Executive Director to administer existing programs and develop new initiatives to revitalize vacant, abandoned properties in Mahoning County. The ideal candidate must be a self-starting, creative-thinking individual with reasoning ability and problem solving skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Identify and collect data on parcels that are eligible for Land Bank acquisition;
- Conduct site visits, take photographs and evaluate physical condition of structures and vacant land to be acquired;
- Assist individuals in applying to acquire parcels through the Side Lot and Deed in Escrow Programs;
- Research eligibility and desirability of acquisition requests;
- Consult regularly with Executive Director and Director of Planning, Acquisition and Disposition on acquisition decision-making;
- Produce and manage various documents, including communications to clients;
- Update databases on status of requests and acquisitions;
- Manage Land Licensing Program, including application process, communications and compliance;
- Assist Executive Director in building and strengthening relationships with various organizations committed to community redevelopment, resident involvement, etc.
- Assist in identification of best practices and development of new vacant property reuse initiatives;
- Accept additional duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. An individual also must possess a valid driver’s license, have reliable transportation for out-of-office work and provide proof of automobile insurance.
Education and/or Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning, Geography, Environmental Studies, Non-profit Management or closely related field from an accredited college or university; OR
- 3 years’ experience performing zoning code enforcement, vacant property management and/or housing rehabilitation for a private firm or a local, state or federal government office; OR
- Working knowledge of land banking, community development, local land reuse and sustainability initiatives and community organizing principles; OR
- Working knowledge of zoning code enforcement, housing nuisance work and/or housing rehabilitation work.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, grammar, spelling, punctuation.
- Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office.
- Ability to use database technology, including mobile technology.
- Ability to organize a diverse set of tasks and create an efficient daily schedule.
- Ability to communicate in a professional manner with applicants, contractors, local government representatives, other interested parties and employees of the organization, in office settings and public meetings.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Ability to multi-task and manage several projects at one time.
Hourly wage commensurate with experience. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Debora Flora, Executive Director, Mahoning County Land Bank, 20 W. Federal St., Suite M5-A, Youngstown, OH, 44503. No calls, please. Equal opportunity employer.