Campbell to Host 2016 Annual Meeting

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.

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2016 Meeting Schedule

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
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December 2015 meeting notices

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.

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MCLB receives performance award for demolition work

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.”

 

 

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Wean supports Land Bank’s vacant lot beautification program

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.

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Now Hiring — Project Coordinator

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.

Job Requirements

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.

Skills:

  • 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.

Reasoning Ability:

  • 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.

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2014 Annual Report

Mahoning County Land Bank is pleased to share its 2014 Annual Report. Within it are just three stories of the resiliency and resolve of Mahoning County residents in restoring vacant, abandoned property to productivity. Thank you to all of our community partners, supporters and friends for making the Land Bank’s work more meaningful.

2014 MCLB Annual Report

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Annual Financial Statement for 2014

Mahoning County Land Bank released its Annual Financial Statement on April 29, 2015. 2014 MCLB Financial Statement

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April Meeting Change

April 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

County Land Bank Directors to Lead Community Dialogue

Annual Meeting to be followed by question and answer session

 

YOUNGSTOWN – The April meeting of Mahoning County Land Bank’s Board of Directors will be less about routine business and more about community dialogue.

Directors and Land Bank employees will gather for the County Land Bank’s Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Radius Room of Mill Creek MetroParks’ Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. After the brief business meeting concludes, Directors will lead a question-and-answer session with audience members about the Land Bank’s programs and initiatives to revitalize vacant, abandoned property – including the demolition of empty, unlivable houses and transfer of vacant lots to neighboring owners.

“This meeting is the latest in our continuing efforts to inform the public about the work being done by the Land Bank to eliminate blight and restore tax delinquent, abandoned properties to productive use,” says Daniel R. Yemma, Mahoning County Treasurer and chairman of the Land Bank’s Board of Directors. “Taxpayers will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions and gather information regarding the Land Bank.”

Directors will not meet Tuesday, April 28, as previously announced. The board will return to its normal meeting schedule – at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month – in May.

This is the third time that the Land Bank has moved its meeting date, time and location to be more accessible to Mahoning County residents. Previously, both Boardman and Austintown townships have hosted evening Land Bank meetings.

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Now Hiring: Demolition Specialist

Feb. 26, 2015

Mahoning County Land Bank, a nonprofit community improvement corporation, seeks an experienced, part-time Housing Demolition Specialist.

The Specialist will work with the Director of Planning, Acquisitions and Dispositions to oversee the demolition of abandoned residential structures in Mahoning County. The ideal candidate must be a self-starting individual with reasoning ability and problem solving skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works directly with contractors and assists with project management from project inception to completion.
  • Tracks incoming inventory and inspects and evaluates for demolition or possible rehabilitation.
  • Manage asbestos testing and contract award procedures.
  • Manage utility disconnection requests.
  • Update Land Bank and City of Youngstown databases as needed.
  • Manage asbestos abatement estimates, contract awards, EPA notices and inspection processes.
  • Manage demolition quotes, contract awards and EPA notice processes.
  • Manages demolition process including on-site project monitoring; photographs; sewer cap, foundation removal and pre-backfill inspections; and final inspections, all within deadlines.
  • Accepts additional duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

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 and provide proof of automobile insurance.

Education and/or Experience:

  • 3 years’ experience performing or managing housing demolition and asbestos abatement work for a private firm or a local, state or federal government office, or equivalent; OR
  • 3 years’ experience performing or managing zoning code enforcement, housing nuisance,  and/or housing rehabilitation, or equivalent; OR
  • Working knowledge of demolition and asbestos abatement work, including bidding, contract and inspection issues, or equivalent.

Skills:

  • Ability to evaluate structures for demolition or rehabilitation.
  • Ability to interpret asbestos inspection reports.
  • Ability to write and interpret specifications and contracts.
  • Ability to issue EPA 10-day asbestos abatement and demolition notices.
  • 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 contractors, their representatives and employees of the organization.

Reasoning Ability:

  • 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 with all taking priority.

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

 

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