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Swingos Property Sees New Life

Abandoned nearly eight years, the former Swingos on the Lake – the popular restaurant with unbeatable lake and downtown views – will soon be home to a new lakefront eatery thanks to the vision of local restaurateur Tony George. Read more ›

Lawn Life: The Secret to Success

The Cuyahoga Land Bank recently added Lawn Life to its diverse list of contractors to maintain the Land Bank’s inventory of vacant lots. Founded in Cincinnati and expanded to Cleveland in 2014, Lawn Life employs inner city teens (age 16 Read more ›

New Home Dedication

The Cuyahoga Land Bank took part in a dedication and prayer service welcoming a mother and her two sons to their New Horizons home in Cleveland Heights in late December. The New Horizons Housing Collaborative, a program of The City Read more ›

Ohio Land Bank Conference 2016

Annual Gathering Draws Record Attendees For anyone interested in addressing blight in their community, there was no better place to be October 25-27 than the annual Thriving Communities Institute’s Ohio Land Bank Conference.  More than 300 attendees from both the Read more ›

Honoring All Who Served

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live Read more ›

Surrounded by Strength

When an athlete is competing for a prize, it is good to be surrounded by the strength of fellow teammates.  Such is the case with the First Suburbs Consortium which consists of Cleveland’s inner-ring suburbs. The organization held its 20th Year celebration Read more ›

Reclaiming Vacant Properties

In late September, a few Cuyahoga Land Bank staff members traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the Center for Community Progress Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 2016. More than 1,000 professionals converged on Baltimore for three days of engagement and learning.   The Read more ›

Demolitions Near 100 Mark in August

The Acquisitions, Dispositions and Development team at the Cuyahoga Land Bank had a busy summer battling neighborhood blight, reaching 98 homes demolished throughout the county in August. “We are making real progress toward recovery from the foreclosure crisis,” says Cheryl Read more ›

Partner Spotlight: Pnuema Chapel

Spend any time with Pastor Grace Dent and you quickly realize she is a dynamo.  As pastor of Pneuma Chapel in the North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland, Pastor Dent works tirelessly to bring new opportunities, assistance and mentoring to her Read more ›

To Demo or Not to Demo

Anyone who has ever lived near an abandoned home knows what kind of neighborhood trouble it can invite (drugs, crime activity) and what it can do to your home’s property value (hint: it’s not good).  Abandoned and distressed properties continue Read more ›

Welcome To Our New Blog

By Jacqui Knettel

At the Cuyahoga Land Bank, we understand that good relationships and communication with our stakeholders is essential to our success. We make it a priority to communicate regularly about our efforts through our e-newsletter, social media and our blog. We recently redesigned the look and functionality of our blog page and are excited for you to take a look. Read more ›

“HGTV’s Got Nothing on Me!”

By KC Petraitis
We’ve all watched in awe as individuals on TV turn dilapidated properties into dream homes – and make a small fortune doing it. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I could do that!” the Cuyahoga Land Bank may have the perfect fixer-upper house. Read more ›