The Portage County Land Bank facilitates the conversion of vacant, blighted, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties to productive use for the benefit of our community.
Returning Portage Properties to Productive Use
The Portage County Land Reutilization Corporation, or “land bank,” is a quasi-governmental nonprofit entity created by the Portage County Board of Commissioners in 2012 as a strategic response to the foreclosure crisis of 2008. The land bank seeks to work with cities, townships, villages, lenders, nonprofits, and individual property owners, in their effort to return blighted and vacant properties to productive use.
The Portage County Land Bank is constantly seeking collaborations with Portage County communities. The land bank is prepared to work with each individual municipality within Portage County to acquire property, remove blight, and return land to productive use for the benefit of their community.
Municipality officials, or local political leaders who are concerned about tax delinquent blighted properties in their area should contact us.
To notify the land bank of a blighted property that you are interested in owning, please fill out the Property Request Form (PDF). The land bank can only intervene with properties that are tax delinquent. To determine if a property in your neighborhood is tax delinquent, visit the Portage County Auditor’s website. If a property is not delinquent, please contact your community’s local zoning agent.