Erie County Land Reutilization Corporation

Erie County Land Reutilization Corporation

The Erie County Land Reutilization Corporation (or Land Bank) is a community improvement corporation whose purpose is to promote and facilitate the reclamation, rehabilitation and reutilization of vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed or other real property in Erie County.

By strategically acquiring properties and returning them to productive use, the Land Bank works to reduce blight, increase property values, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all Erie County residents.

Demolition and Site Revitalization Program

In 2021 the Ohio General Assembly allocated $150 million to help counties fight the war on blighted neighborhoods. The Erie County Land Reutilization Corporation, as part of the Demolition and Site Revitalization Program, was awarded $699,930 for two projects. The Land Bank will be preparing 1702 Campbell Street, the former Meier's Wine Cellars building, for redevelopment, and will be completely demolishing the Old Schoolhouse on State Street in Vermilion. We believe these two projects will have an immediate and long-lasting community impact that will spur future development in those areas. 

Since 2013:

  • 143 Parcels acquired county-wide
  • Over 115 Parcels transferred to private ownership & back on the tax rolls
  • Over 100 blighted houses and buildings demolished using outside funding from Moving Ohio Forward and Neighborhood Initiative Program. 
  • Six demolition projects in three different communities utilizing Delinquent Tax and Assessment Collection dollars, totaling $150,000
  • The Land Bank provided Chappel Creek property for Genesis on the Lake sober living community in the spring of 2015
  • The Land Bank removed blighted structures on the corner of Decatur and W Jefferson streets in Sandusky to make way for a new parking lot for Sandusky Central Catholic staff & students in spring of 2019
  • The Land Bank partnered the City of Sandusky to demolish the former Dog House Bar, a longtime nuisance bar that posed a safety risk to the surrounding residential neighborhood. 

For information about the Erie County Land Bank contact:

Ellen Schirg, Executive Director E-Mail: [email protected]  PH: 419.627.7704
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