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Fighting Blight Through Vacant Property Maintenance

It would cost more than $7 million annually to mow tall grass and remove trash from the more than 20,000 vacant properties in Flint, once a month from spring to summer. This year, the Land Bank spent roughly $2 million on vacant property maintenance. Part of this funding was used to hire local, seasonal crews to inspect, board and clean out vacant structures and mow and clear vacant lots that we are not able to sell or lease. Instead of just mowing Land Bank properties, crews mow all vacant lots in the City of Flint. This season, Land Bank crews:   completed 20,000+ mows Continue Reading...

Selecting Demolition Priorities with Community Input

The Land Bank began the process of selecting blighted structures for demolition by collecting property condition information and resident recommendations for demolition through the Flint Property Portal.  We collected resident input on criteria that ought to be used to prioritize demolitions through a community survey. Based on more than 400 survey responses, residents asked us to prioritize the blighted houses that are: 1) directly next door to occupied properties; 2) in areas where more people live and where homes are occupied; 3) near open schools; and 4) fire damaged.  We used this direction to develop a scoring framework for all demolition Continue Reading...

$39.5 Million Secured for Demolition

$39.5 Million Secured at the end of FY 22 to Demolish up to 1,910 Blighted Structures in Flint and Genesee County The Genesee County Land Bank (Land Bank), working in partnership with the City of Flint and Genesee County, secured $39.5 million in FY 22 to demolish up to 1,910 blighted structures. The funding sources for blight elimination include: $16 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) from the City of Flint, $8 million in ARPA from the County, $10 million in grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, $4.5 million from the Land Bank and the Genesee County Treasurer, Continue Reading...

ē Clearing Blight Through Partnerships

With limited funding for demolition in FY 2022, the Land Bank demolished 56 blighted structures (5 of which were commercial) at a cost of roughly $1.1 million in grant funding secured by the GCLBA. We were pleased to leverage additional resources through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to clean and clear abandoned and hazardous structures in its inventory. Click this link to read more -  https://www.thelandbank.org/downloads/FINAL_LBA-Newsletter-Annual-Report-FY-2021-2022-Winter2023.pdf Continue Reading...

Clean & Green Application Period Extended

Clean & Green application period has been extended until Friday, March 3rd 2023 at 3:30pm. Apply today! To learn more or to apply, please follow the link below. Paper copies of the application are available within the Land Bank lobby.  https://www.thelandbank.org/clean_green_prog.asp Continue Reading...

Closing due to weather - Wed. Feb 22, 2023

The Genesee County Land Bank will be closing at 3 pm today, Wednesday, February 22, 2023, due to inclement weather. Staff will be working remotely for the remainder of the workday. Continue Reading...

Fighting Blight & Restoring Hope: Childrenís Health Center in Flint

Fighting Blight & Restoring Hope: Grand Opening of the Children’s Health  Center in Flint Several formerly blighted tax-foreclosed properties, including a former oil change, are now home to the Center for Children's Integrated Services on S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint. Demolition and site cleanup were completed in 2014. In 2019, Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities, Inc. in partnership with Genesee Health System purchased the property to develop the facility co-locating Genesee Health System's core service while also providing physical health care services. This is just one example of how the Land Bank plays a crucial role in accepting properties left behind, addresses Continue Reading...

The application period for the Clean & Green program is closing soon!

The application period for the Clean & Green program is closing soon! Apply by February 24th at 3:30pm to apply to join other community groups in the flight against blight! To learn more or to apply, please follow the link below. Paper copies of the application are available within the Land Bank lobby.  https://www.thelandbank.org/clean_green_prog.asp Continue Reading...

Fighting Blight & Restoring Hope: When People Leave, they Donít Take Their Problem Properties with Them

The Land Bank receives blighted properties from the Genesee County Treasurer after people stop paying their taxes and the land goes through tax-foreclosure.  GCLBA currently has about 15,000 properties in its inventory.  Of those, over 4,000 have structures remaining, the majority of which have been left vacant for years before they end up in our inventory. Our priority is to sell viable structures to responsible owners who will invest in renovations and improvements.  However, because houses are vacant for so long before we receive them, roughly 74% of the structures in our inventory are blighted beyond repair and in need of Continue Reading...

Closed - President's Day

The Land Bank will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023 in observance of President's Day. Continue Reading...

Message from our Board Chair & Executive Director - Fighting Blight & Restoring Hope

Greetings City of Flint and Genesee County Residents! On behalf of Deborah Cherry, Board Chair of the GCLBA and County Treasurer, and Michael Freeman, GCLBA Executive Director, we are pleased to provide you with our 2022 Annual Report. This year, we chose a theme of ‘Fighting Blight and Restoring Hope,’ due to the historic partnership between the City of Flint, Genesee County, the CS Mott Foundation, and federal funding secured by Congressman Dan Kildee to assist us in our goal of demolishing 2,415 land bank properties in Genesee County.  Over 2,200 of these blighted and dangerous properties are located in the Continue Reading...

Genesee County Land Bank 2022 Annual Review

Check Out the Genesee County Land Bank’s 2022 Annual Review to click here learn more about our Successes in FY 2022.  Continue Reading...

2022 State of the Land Bank

Michael Freeman, Executive Director of the Genesee County Land Bank, and other partners will participate in our annual State of the Land Bank address which will be held virtually on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 7pm. The theme for this year’s address is Fighting Blight & Restoring Hope. This year’s address will also include a special tribute honoring Commissioner Bryant Nolden, affectionately known as “BB”. We invite you to join us to learn more about this year’s accomplishments our future endeavors, programs, and projects. It will be time well spent. Continue Reading...

$39.5 Million Secured to Demolish up to 1,910 Blighted Structures in Flint and Genesee County

Flint, MI - The Genesee County Land Bank (Land Bank), working in partnership with the City of Flint and Genesee County, has secured $39.5 million to demolish up to 1,910 blighted structures. The funding sources for blight elimination include: $16 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) from the City of Flint, $8 million in ARPA from the County, $10 million in grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, $4.5 million from the Land Bank and the Genesee County Treasurer, and $1 million in Community Project Funding through Congressman Kildee’s office. Click here for the press release Continue Reading...

Corridor Alliance Chapter of Flint River Watershed Coalition state park open house

Please join Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission , City of Flint , and Michigan Department of Natural Resources for an open house to discuss Flint's new state park on Tues., October 4th, 2022 from 3pm-7pm at the newly re-opened Mott Park Recreation Area clubhouse! Continue Reading...

Banking on Borrowed Land

Balancing rural and urban needs, climate change, and chronic underfunding, the land trust industry is in a moment of reckoning. By Erin Kelly, ASLA Land banks and land trusts have overlapping missions—stewarding land—but different frameworks and financing. Land banks and similar programs were originally put in place to maintain vacant, publicly owned land but not to invest in it. They start with the benefits of their highly people-adjacent land holdings and work outward—with more consideration for land as an economic development tool than as an ecological resource. Click here to read more. Continue Reading...

Learn more about our Clean & Green program

The Genesee County Land Bank supports community-based groups to maintain vacant properties in and around Flint through its Clean & Green program. Watch the video below to learn more about our Clean & Green program. Continue Reading...

Learn more about our Property Maintenance program

The Genesee County Land Bank hires local crews to clear and mow all vacant properties in the City of Flint and all properties held by the Land Bank outside the city in Genesee County.  Watch the video below to learn more about our property maintenance program. Continue Reading...

Learn more about opportunties for Economic Development

The Genesee County Land Bank creates opportunities for economic development through the sale of formerly tax-foreclosed properties. Watch the video below to learn more about economic opportunities. Continue Reading...

Learn more about Affordable Homeownership Opportunities

The Genesee County Land Bank creates opportunities for homeownership through its Featured Home and Ready for Rehab programs. Watch the video below to learn more about our homeownership programs. Continue Reading...

Learn more about our Demolition program

The Genesee County Land Bank demolishes formerly tax-foreclosed properties that are blighted beyond repair. Click the video below to learn more about our demolition program. Continue Reading...

GCLBA has rental vacancies available

The Genesee County Land Bank Authority currently has rental vacancies available! Click this link for more information - https://www.thelandbank.org/rental_housing.asp Continue Reading...

Genesee County Habitat for Humanit Homebuyer Class

Genesee County Habitat for Humanity has scheduled its June & July homebuyer classes for prospective Land Bank land contract purchasers. Click here for more details. Continue Reading...

The 2022 Clean & Green season has officially started!

This year 66 community-based groups will be working together to maintain 3,600 vacant properties every 3 weeks across the city. Groups picked up their materials and met together for the annual digital kick off last week with groups excited to start mowing this week! Continue Reading...

Beyond Blight 2022 Release

The City of Flint and the Genesee County Land Bank are partnering in releasing Beyond Blight 2022, which provides direction for eliminating blight in Flint. Watch the video in this post for an overview or click here to view Beyond Blight 2022 in full. Continue Reading...

Weed & Trash Abatement Crews have started the 2022 Season

Check out their schedule to see when you can expect the crews in your area. http://www.thelandbank.org/weed.asp To report an issue other than mowing on a Land Bank property, please click on Contact Us on our website. Fill in the form, click submit, confirm that the information is correct and click "submit" one final time. An email will be sent to you to confirm receipt. Please do not reply to that email as it will not be received. We will send a follow up once your issue is being addressed. If you don't know the address or parcel number of a property, links Continue Reading...

Lunch Break with the Land Bank - Ready For Rehab

Watch our October episode of Lunch Break with the Land Bank virtual talk as we discuss our newest sales program, Ready for Rehab! We will review the appropriate steps needed to submit a completed offer form. Presenters: Alexandria Riley, Sales & Development Director & Jennifer Riggs, Transaction Supervisor. Continue Reading...

Lunch Break with the Land Bank - Property Maintenance

Watch our September episode of Lunch Break with the Land Bank to learn more about our community partnerships and the impact of our property maintenance work. Presenter: Michael Freeman, Executive Director Continue Reading...