Greater Syracuse Land Bank gets $2 million to demolish, renovate abandoned homes

“Greater Syracuse Land Bank gets $2 million to demolish, renovate abandoned homes”

“The land bank is among 19 statewide that received more than $20 million in funding, but it was one of just two that got the full $2 million available. The land bank has now received more than $5 million total from the AG’s grant, called the Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative.

The bank here will use the money to demolish 56 “blighted” properties in and around the city, as well as to renovate eight other homes, according to a statement from the organization.”

545 Oakwood is one of the 56+ blighted homes that will be demolished using these funds.
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Vacant Syracuse houses will be transformed into bright spots using kids’ art

“Vacant Syracuse houses will be transformed into bright spots using kids’ art”

“The Syracuse Land Bank, which owns 800 vacant properties, will be putting kids’ art in the windows of rundown houses they walk by daily on their way to school.”

A vacant home owned by the Syracuse Land Bank at 301 Loomis Ave. will have its window boards painted by local students as part of a city-wide art project the Land Bank is beginning. (provided by Logan Reidsma)
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Affordable Homes: Buyers purchase vacant properties and restore them to usable form

“Affordable Homes: Buyers purchase vacant properties and restore them to usable form”

This article tells the story of several families who have purchased Land Bank homes over the past few years – some directly from the Land Bank and others fixed up with grant funds by Home HeadQuarters.

Margarita Rodriguez and her husband at their new home on Fabius Street. The Stand staff photo.
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January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

Devorn Kinsey poses for a portrait outside of his new home at 220 East Oakley Dr. in Syracuse NY. This sale was the Greater Syracuse Land Bank's 400th sale.
Devorn Kinsey poses for a portrait outside of his new home at 220 East Oakley Dr. in Syracuse NY. This sale was the Greater Syracuse Land Bank’s 400th sale.
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Greater Syracuse Land Bank on WCNY’s “Insight”

“Greater Syracuse Land Bank on WCNY’s “Insight””

Katelyn Wright, the Greater Syracuse Land Bank’s executive director, and Paul Driscoll, the City’s Commissioner of Neighborhood & Business Development, were interviewed on the December 9, 2016 episode of WCNY’s “Insight.” This episode features an interview with Rihine D. Hinds, a local electrical contractor who purchased 236 Hillsdale Ave. from the Land Bank in March 2016.  Mr. Hinds purchased this house to renovate for him and his family and this segment highlights his experience buying from the Land Bank and their renovation project in-progress.

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