Land Banks are quasi-governmental corporations with the authority to take over vacant properties that have slipped into tax delinquency. Until September of 2016, Ohio only allowed land banks in counties with populations of at least 60,000. After Crawford County became eligible for a land bank, one was established by the county commissioners and county treasurer. The Crawford County Land Reutilization Corporation consists of two county commissioners, the county treasurer, and two appointed representatives for Bucyrus and Galion.
The organization used a $1.7 million grant to demolish numerous blighted homes throughout the county. Properties must be delinquent on taxes or donated by the owner in order to be eligible.
After demolitions are complete, the Land Bank decides the end user for each property. Neighboring property owners may express interest in a Land Bank property by filling out a Residential Acquisition Application and submitting it to: