The City of Cleveland’s Land Reutilization (Land Bank) Program is designed to acquire vacant land and market it to individuals, developers, and non-profit organizations for redevelopment. The goal is to contribute to the economic, social and environmental betterment of the City through redevelopment of city-owned land.
The Land Bank application process ensures that vacant property is transferred to responsible parties committed to restoring property to productive use. Interested parties must submit a written application (Application Information is available on a tab below) to the Land Bank office and outline the details of their proposals. Each Land Bank Application has its own Guide which outlines important information such as specific application requirements, Land Bank policies and procedures.
The general application process is as follows:
Applicant completes a Land Bank application including required information and site plan
Proposal is evaluated to determine if the development is suitable for the neighborhood; proposed improvements may be subject to the City's design review process
The Councilperson for the area is informed of the proposal and comments from the City Planning Commission and area Community Development Corporation are gathered
Applicant is notified of decision on application; if approved, conditions may be attached
Administrative approvals are obtained, a deed is prepared for signature and the property is transferred to the interested party
Recent Land Bank projects - The City of Cleveland Land Bank at Work Flyer
The City is required to sell the property in accordance with Section 5722 of the Ohio Revised Code and the City of Cleveland Codified Ordinance Section 183.021. The cost of the Land Bank lots is governed by the City of Cleveland's Board of Control. As of January 1st, 2013:
Lots for residential, side yard expansion are sold for $200
Lots for new housing construction are sold for $200 (Some restrictions apply)
Lots for Agriculture/Garden use are sold for $200 with a "Claw Back" provision if the eventual use is determined to be for another purpose
Lots acquired for certain interim uses such as community gardens and construction staging/geo-technical work are leased or licensed under negotiated terms and conditions
Property sold for other uses will require an appraisal to determine the property’s fair market value
Buyers are also responsible for costs related to the recording of deeds, consolidation of parcels, etc.
Division of Neighborhood Development 601 Lakeside Ave. Room 325 Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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