Land Bank shows off latest project

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The Mahoning County Land Bank unveiled its newest project on Thursday.

An open house was held to show off the renovations to a home at 1815 Canfield Road. Upgrades include a new roof, plumbing and paint job.The house was donated to the Land Bank by Wells Fargo.

The Land Bank mostly focuses on selling vacant land and is happy to have the new adventure of rehabilitating houses.

“We thought it was important in this neighborhood that we retain all the density that we could. This is still a very vibrant, active neighborhood,” said Land Bank Executive Director Debora Flora. “It has a lot of great features and it has a lot of active households here. This is not a house to be torn down. This was worth the investment and so we hope other people appreciate what we’ve done here, too.”

The Mahoning County Land Bank acquires vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties to make them productive again. Recently, the organization began branching out to include renovating houses so that they can be occupied before demolition is the only remaining option.

The Land Bank hopes to have an open house every other week to showcase their first home renovation project.

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