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Jim Rokakis headlines the City Club

On August 15, Thriving Communities Institute Director Jim Rokakis spoke to a sold-out City Club lunch forum that attracted politicians, civil servants, land bankers and activisjim_rokakists from across the state of Ohio. Cuyahoga Land Bank Board Chair and Cleveland City

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Posted in 2014.8.1, Newsletter

Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga counties working to remove blight (The News-Herald)

The Lake County Land Bank demolished its first blighted home on Sept. 30, 2013, kicking off a project to strengthen both the properties and the neighborhoods these homes were located in. Since that first home in Mentor-on-the-Lake was removed, 38

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Counties race to spend demolition cash (Columbus Dispatch)

With six months left in the state’s program to tear down blighted properties in local communities, almost 80 percent of the $75 million available remains unspent. Counties across the state are racing the end-of-year deadline to spend the money, with

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Big Step to Fight Blight: County, city join forces to demolish vacant, deteriorating properties (Columbus Dispatch)

Franklin County hopes its new land bank will become a model for other communities plagued with vacant properties that — vermin-infested, moldy and dilapidated — sink neighborhood pride and property values. It is, however, already a model of cooperation. The

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Columbus, county reach agreement on land-bank protocol (Columbus Dispatch)

Columbus and Franklin County have reached an agreement to guide how the county’s new land bank will help Columbus address some of the city’s 6,000 vacant and abandoned houses. The city council passed a memorandum of understanding at its Monday

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“The Way Government is Supposed to Work”

Party politics wasn’t on anyone’s agenda on December 7th, when Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine visited a Slavic Village demolition site with elected officials from both sides of the political aisle. They came to put the spotlight on Cleveland’s impressive

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Posted in 2013.1.1, Newsletter

Cuyahoga Land Bank at the Ohio AG Demolition Grant Press Conference (Youtube)

The Ohio Attorney General distributed $11.8 million in matching funds ($6.8 million from the Land Bank, $5 million from the Cuyahoga Prosecutor) for demolition to Cuyahoga County, which the Land Bank is administering.  Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos and

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Cleveland and Cuyahoga County hope to get millions for demolition (Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland and Cuyahoga County hope to get at least $12.5 million in demolition money from a nationwide settlement with mortgage servicers. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited Cleveland on Friday to tout a new $75 million demolition

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How a Community Demolished Its Way Out of a Crisis (National Journal)

‘BURY THE DEAD’ Rokakis became an unlikely champion of demolition over rehabbing the abandoned houses. “By 2007, it became obvious to me that this was a war,” Rokakis told National Journal. “We had lost. And now we had to bury

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AG Mike DeWine Applauds Efforts of Cuyahoga County Officials to Demolish Abandoned Properties Across Ohio (LoanSafe.org)

(CLEVELAND)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other Cuyahoga County Officials at the demolition of an abandoned house made possible by a grant from his Demolition Grant Program. The property at 6179 Morton Avenue in

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DeWine’s Demolitions: A Smashing Success? (WCPN)

Abandoned and foreclosed homes in the state are being demolished at a steady rate, thanks largely to a $75 million settlement Ohio’s Attorney General secured earlier this year. The idea is to curb blight and crime by razing old homes.

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Fund helps Ohio cities rebuild: razing blight speeds neighborhood healing (Cincinnati.com)

  Mike DeWine is Ohio’s attorney general. The mortgage foreclosure crisis has affected many Ohio cities and towns, leaving behind the blight from desolate and deteriorating houses, which hinder their economic growth and recovery. To help affected communities, my office

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Cleveland Heights Among Suburbs to Receive Money to Raze Blighted Homes (Patch.com)

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced Aug. 1 that Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights received $100,000 each to demolish blighted properties, and are part of a group of 12 cities that received a total of $1 million. On June 7,

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North Olmsted gets $50,000 grant for demolition and blight removal (Sun News)

NORTH OLMSTED – The city will receive $50,000 in funds earmarked for demolition and removal of blight. The money was made available through the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp. as part of a large mortgage fraud settlement won by Ohio

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Shaker Heights Among Suburbs to Receive Money to Raze Blighted Homes (Patch.com)

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced Aug. 1 that Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights received $100,000 each to demolish blighted properties, and are part of a group of 12 cities that received a total of $1 million. On June 7,

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Mason doles out $1 million to suburbs to demolish dilapidated homes (Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County communities will soon begin razing some of their most blighted properties using funds from a statewide mortgage fraud settlement and money provided by Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Cuyahoga County land bank. The settlement will

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U.S. asbestos rules foil land banks (Columbus Dispatch)

Federal interpretations of regulations on asbestos removal are hampering efforts by cities to tear down scores of vacant and abandoned homes in Ohio, land-bank officials say. The cost of demolitions has risen 40 percent in Cuyahoga County, said Cheryl Stephens,

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Millions committed to blighted, nuisance property demolitions in Cuyahoga County (Sun News)

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced it has committed approximately $5 million and the Cuyahoga Land Bank another $6.8 million toward the demolition of blighted and other nuisance properties in Cuyahoga County. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office is matching this

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Blighted properties to be demolished (WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – County Prosecutor Bill Mason, Gus Frangos, President and General Counsel of the Cuyahoga Land Bank, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, and Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli announced the contribution of funds committed toward the demolition of blighted

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Cuyahoga County prosecutor pledges $5 million in fundng for home demolitions (WEWS)

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason is the latest northeast Ohio leader to contribute significant money toward solving the growing problem of vacant and condemned homes. During a news conference Mason announced his office will issue $5 million from

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Summit County fast-tracking land bank program (WKSU)

The idea has been in the discussion phase for years, but the Beacon Journal reports the county plans to move forward now that Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that he will hand out $75 million from a national mortgage

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Summit speeds up land bank effort (Akron Beacon Journal)

Summit County is speeding up plans to launch a land bank program so it can nab $3.78 million in state money available to demolish vacant and abandoned properties. County leaders have been taking their time setting up a land bank

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County plans land bank for vacant properties (Akron.com)

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County is on its way to creating a land bank that will serve as a way to clean up abandoned and vacant properties. In its meeting May 21, County Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee recommended

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Dollars for demos: editorial (Plain Dealer)

Payback is a beautiful thing — especially when those bankrolling neighborhood revitalization in Greater Cleveland are the carpetbaggers who fueled the foreclosure crisis. On May 4, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Cuyahoga County was eligible for just shy

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128 ‘worst of the worst’ houses slated to be first to fall (Columbus Dispatch)

Columbus’ newly formed Vacant and Abandoned Properties team has identified the first batch of houses it wants to demolish by the end of the year. As the team — made up of members of the city attorney’s office, code-enforcement and

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Cuyahoga County gets nearly $12 million from settlement to eliminate blight (Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County is poised to receive nearly $12 million from a nationwide settlement with mortgage lenders to demolish thousands of buildings left vacant and blighted in the aftermath of the foreclosure epidemic. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

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Mahoning Co. to get $1.5M from state to raze blight (The Vindicator)

YOUNGSTOWN Mahoning County is eligible to receive $1,531,680 from a state attorney general program for the demolition of blighted structures. “That’s all?” said Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone when told of the county’s amount Friday by The Vindicator. The mayor’s biggest

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Stark County eligible for $2.3 million in demolition funds (Canton Repository)

CANTON — Stark County is eligible to receive $2.3 million to help demolish abandoned and blighted homes. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday announced each county’s share of the $75 million the state received from the national mortgage settlement

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Cuyahoga Land Bank, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and City of Cleveland Pledge $14 Million in Preparation for a Match from the Attorney General

In mid-February, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that he is committing $75 million of the money awarded to Ohio as part of the 49 state settlement agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders to demolition of vacant and blighted

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Posted in 2012.5.1, Newsletter

Ohio Tears Through Blighted Housing Problem (WBUR)

Cleveland resident Cedric Cowan was asleep on an overcast spring morning when the roaring sounds of splintering wood and falling rubble jolted him awake. Cowan lives in a neighborhood hit hard by foreclosures. He initially thought someone was moving into

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Ohio Attorney General Looks to Land Bank as Potential Partner

Ohio Attorney General looks to Land Bank as potential partner to help make use of $355 million to come to Ohio as a result of a 49 state settlement with 5 largest mortgage lenders Cuyahoga Land Bank Board President and

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Posted in 2012.4.1, Newsletter

LaTourette, Fudge envision bigger demolition money: editorial (Plain Dealer)

The foreclosure epidemic — coming after years of depopulation and disinvestment — has left Cleveland and cities large and small throughout Northeast Ohio saddled with tens of thousands of community-destroying abandoned properties. Those vacant structures not only depress the value

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Cleveland, Cuyahoga County allocate $14 million for demolition of blighted homes, hope for federal match (Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland and Cuyahoga County expect to put up $14 million, a little more than previously estimated, in hopes of getting a matching amount for the demolition of blighted homes countywide. The Cuyahoga land bank, the county prosecutor

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Cleveland seeking millions from state for blighted homes (Columbus Business First)

Cleveland and Cuyahoga county are seeking federal dollars and state money from a national mortgage fraud settlement as a match for the $14 million it is putting up to demolish blighted homes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. They are requesting

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Beating down the blight: DeWine pledges state assistance (MarionStar.com)

State and local officials might have another solution to help with the problems of neighborhood blight, thanks to a multi-state settlement with mortgage-servicing companies. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke Friday with city and county officials at stops in Zanesville

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Foreclosure Deal May Help State Budgets (Bloomberg)

Wisconsin (STOWI1) plans to use part of its $140 million share of the national foreclosure settlement to fill a budget hole. Missouri (STOMO1) would devote $40 million for education. Ohio (STOOH1) wants to tear down vacant homes. Ninety percent of

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Raze the Roof (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

Ohio is one of the focal points of this Bloomberg story that looks at how states plan to use their share of the national foreclosure settlement. Some are using it to fill budget holes, while others will apply their money

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Mortgage deal funds blight fight (Cincinnati Enquirer)

  Last week’s $25 billion nationwide mortgage foreclosure settlement could send millions of dollars to the region to help tear down blighted, vacant properties across local neighborhoods hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis. During a visit Monday to Price Hill

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Lack of land bank may impact funding for Butler County (Middletown Journal)

Butler County is at a disadvantage to receive demolition money from the newly reached multi-state $25 billion foreclosure fraud settlement because it doesn’t have a land bank in place, said Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine. Ohio’s $335 million share of

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Lorain hopes for part of $75 million demolition money (The Morning Journal)

LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer said he is hopeful Lorain can get a part of the $75 million Ohio will use for demolition of blighted homes around the state. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, on Friday, announced Ohio will get

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