The Jackson County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Land Bank, was formed in May 2017. Our mission is to make a positive, sustainable impact on our community by strategically acquiring vacant and abandoned properties, reducing blight, and returning them to productive use, improving the quality of life for county residents.
The Land Bank is governed by a five member board and contracts with the Jackson County Health Department for operational services.
Chairman/Treasurer - B. Lee Hubbard, Jackson County Treasurer
Member - Paul Haller, Jackson County Commissioner
Member - Donnie Willis, Jackson County Commissioner
Member - Randy Evans, Mayor, City of Jackson
Member - Charlie Hudson, Mayor, City of Wellston
The Jackson County Land Bank was awarded an Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant from the State of Ohio to demolish and clean up the site of a former gas station located on Sour Run Road, Jackson, Ohio. Tetra Tech recently completed the project on behalf of the Land Bank. Before and after pictures of the property are shown below.
The $500,000 Building Demolition & Site Revialization Program Grant awarded to the Jackson County Land Bank has now been increased to a total of $724,900. The amount above $500,000 requires a 25 percent Land Bank match. The grant is to carry out demolition of approximately 42 vacant and blighted residential and commercial buildings, mostly in or around the cities and villages in the county.
Bids for the first project consisting of the demoltion of three commercial and six residential structures were opened at the Land Bank board of directors meeting on October 25, 2022. The contract for this project was awarded to H&S Contracting, Wellston, Ohio .
A requests for bids for the remaining 33 properties with 34 structures to be demolished is expected to be sent out in the coming weeks.
Pictures of a few of the buildings proposed for demolition are shown below.
69 Sour Run Road, Jackson
The Jackson County Land Reutilization Corproation Board of Directors meeting scheduled for November 22, 2022 was cancelled due to lack of business to conduct. The next meeting will be December 20, 2022 at 10:45 AM in the Jackson County Jobs & Family Services Building, 25 E. South Street (lower level, rear), Jackson, Ohio.