Spring Kick Starts Cleaning and Greening Efforts

Cleaning up hundreds of vacant lots left over from winter demolitions is a huge undertaking – so much so that we’ve even named the flurry of activity.

More than 680 vacant lots across the county were divvied up and inspected by Cuyahoga Land Bank Community Stabilization team members within one week in early May, known here as “Spring Frenzy.” Staff conducted inspections of each property, taking photos and performing a grade approval to ensure no unacceptable rocks or construction debris remain embedded in the soil. Once inspected, contractors are then responsible for applying topsoil, planting grass seed and spreading straw throughout the lot.

Spring cleaning also hits our Programs and Property team, who were busy ensuring crews clear scattered debris and assess the more than 4,000 properties in the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s inventory for damage following the harsh winter months.

The team’s work to “clean and green” the properties stem the decline in surrounding home values and beautify neighborhoods. Vacant lots remaining after demolition are available for sale to neighboring residents for a discounted price through the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s Side Yard program.

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