Items Tagged with 'Kent County Land Bank Authority'


City mulls brownfield amendment

Five tax-foreclosed properties are being considered to contribute to affordable housing.

September 27, 2019
The Grand Rapids City Commission is considering a brownfield plan amendment for five tax-foreclosed properties to contribute to the city’s affordable housing inventory. Read More

City aims to lower spending

Proposal maintains essential city services and ensures financial stability.

April 26, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids is in the initial stages of implementing its budget for Fiscal Year 2020, and the spending plan outlines the key priorities in the city’s four-year strategic plan. Read More

Land bank questions abound

Kent County’s decision to dissolve organization is met with strong opposition.

December 21, 2018
After hours of passionate debate from residents and community leaders, Kent County commissioners voted to dissolve the land bank. Read More

County land bank rebrands as InnovaLaB

Organization will increase focus on developing more affordable housing for 'missing middle' buyers.

June 29, 2018
The Kent County Land Bank Authority recently announced a rebranding effort as a precursor to the organization's heightened focus on developing more affordable housing, as well as delivering market-rate housing at prices affordable to the "missing middle" buyers. Read More

Land Bank economic impact: $42.9M

MSU analysis credits Kent County Land Bank Authority with creating 266 jobs in past four years.

April 28, 2017
The Kent County Land Bank Authority did more than save land, it helped generate $42.9 million in the county during the past four years. Read More

Land bank cleanup will resurrect industrial site

The 6,000-square-foot facility contained 100 55-gallon drums of chemicals.

November 27, 2015
The Kent County Land Bank Authority and the city of Grand Rapids are embarking on a $100,000 cleanup project. Read More

Land bank gets a toxic surprise

The agency now owns an old plating factory containing dangerous chemicals.

March 13, 2015
The Kent County Land Bank Authority owns an old plating factory in southeast Grand Rapids that it is sure it can sell — but only after the vats and drums full of toxic chemicals have been removed and the property cleaned. Read More

Kent Land Bank flips its houses in 2014

All 110 of the KCLBA’s marketable houses will probably be sold by year-end.

December 26, 2014
Kent County Land Bank Authority had a good year, in the view of its executive director, Dave Allen, and not just because the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against it by a group of disgruntled real estate agents and investors. Read More

Development picks up in neighborhoods

Land bank and four development firms are leading the effort.

December 20, 2013
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) After years of little activity, urban development in the residential neighborhoods of Grand Rapids took on a much more serious tone this year. Read More

Judge dismisses suit over sale of tax-foreclosed properties

December 9, 2013
For the second time in two years, a Kent County Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the sale of tax-foreclosed properties to the Kent County Land Bank Authority. Read More