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Cook County puts together a Land Bank
May 28th, 2013 7:27 PM

At the end of 2012, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on creating the largest land bank in the US to begin solving issues in communities regarding the over populated nature of abandoned and vacant properties.

Their sole purpose will be to restore life into these communities by bringing distressed and foreclosed properties back to active tax paying status.  They will not only acquire these properties but also fix and manage them.

Currently, there are 85,000 pending foreclosures in Cook County, a number that is concerning to the land bank commissioner Bridget Gainer, and 90% of those filings will end in default. 

 The land bank will begin receiving properties within the year and the properties will come from a number of sources, real estate owned donations, financial institutions, the Federal Housing Financing Agency, servicers and the from the city and county’s public land inventory.   

The land bank will be primarily led by a board of 13 members from various industries, including banking and real estate.

Gainer added, "The land bank will incentivize development, promote sustainable homeownership and create rental opportunities, all while keeping communities at the table for the planning and redevelopment of their neighborhoods. In short – our goal is that it will make our communities great places to live."

So this may not be the end all be all solution for this metropolis but it is a plan set in motion.


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