State sets local land banks in Dickinson, two other counties

LANSING, Mich. — The State Land Bank Authority has announced the creation of county land banks in Dickinson, Eaton and Huron counties.

Creation of these land banks will provide these counties with additional tools to assist in returning vacant and blighted property back to productive use.

“I am certain their efforts will serve as a valuable economic and community driver and I look forward to working with each Land Bank in the future to help strengthen and revitalize their counties,” State Land Bank Interim Director Jeff Huntington said.

The State Land Bank works in Michigan to help communities with blight and abandoned or vacant property. Creation of a land bank at the local level creates more opportunity for greater engagement within the community as well as returning unproductive properties back to the local tax roll.

“Creating a land bank authority in Dickinson County opens up many opportunities for our community. Our hope is this land bank allows us to eliminate blight and create more economic opportunities for our county,” Dickinson County Treasurer Lorna Carey said.

Before creation of a local land bank, the state was the primary resource for land banking in Eaton, Dickinson and Huron counties. With the creation of these local land banks, the state will move into a supporting role, helping these counties as needed with technical assistance for demolition and redevelopment as well as other tools needed as they build their teams and begin work in their official capacity.

In addition to the State Land Banks 2,500 available properties, local land banks also have inventory with a number of available properties. Go to https://www.michigan.gov/landbank to view the statewide listing of properties and locate any local land bank.