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Clark County Land Bank, non-profit team up to fight blight

The Clark County Land Bank is celebrating after it demolished It’s 100th abandoned building, Friday. 

The land bank restores and transfers ownership of abandoned properties to non-profits and neighboring property owners. 

The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation – also known as the Clark County Land Bank – has operated since 2014. 

The 100th demolition happened off Woodward drive. Recently a mini neighborhood library was installed and soon a park will go up where an abandoned house was torn down.

“We’ve been waiting on this forever. There have been raccoons, groundhogs,possums and everything hanging around there,” said Maryanne Riley,  a Springfield resident. 

The land from this demolition will go to The Conscious Connection non-profit group. 

“We want to bring the resources and activities directly to the community. Instead of asking the community to go drive 5-10 miles in the city,” said Karlos L. Marshall, Conscious Connects Confounder.

In three years the Clark County Land bank has demolished 100 houses and has spruced up 5 homes that where designated as blight to livable.

The bank has even paid off tax delinquent properties.

“Blight and vacant properties can cause a domino effect. If one house goes bad, you don’t want to live next to that house. People begin moving out,” said Ethan Harris of the Clark County Land Bank. 

There’s already a little free library next to the property.

Conscious Connect says getting rid of blight can change the way people think. 

“People can’t be what they don’t see. If they see these blighted structures on a daily basis, that really begins to effect their mindset to what they can aspire to be,” said Karlos L. Marshall. 

For neighbors, saying goodbye to the blight means they can continue to grow their community.

“A few houses in a row here, we have cookouts and bonfires. We are more like family than neighbors,” said Riley. 

The Clark County Land Bank says they have invested 1.5 million dollars into the City of Springfield.