Project Spotlights

The Michigan Association of Land Banks is proud to share the following Project Spotlights from land banks across the state:

 

  • Inside Out in Kalamazoo

    On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings”, INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and...

  • Better Together: Vacant lots and pollinators in Saginaw County

    Better Together: Vacant lots and pollinators in Saginaw County   The Saginaw County Land Bank has teemed up with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy to create “pollinator plantations” on 10 vacant lots owned by the Land Bank. The project kicked off in June, and will...

  • Gladwin County Community Spirit Meets Community Need

    Gladwin County Community Spirit Meets Community Need Call it the marriage of opportunity and elbow grease. This is what happens when community needs meet community spirit. The Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education Construction Trades students needed a project to improve their skills. The Gladwin County...

  • ‘Fare Games’ a big win for Kalamazoo neighborhood

    ‘Fare Games’ a big win for Kalamazoo neighborhood Over the course of the past year, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank led an effort to revitalize a historic, but blighted building in the Edison neighborhood, just southeast of downtown Kalamazoo. This competition, called Fare Games, identified...

  • Commercial Corridor Revitalization in Kalamazoo

    Commercial Corridor Revitalization in Kalamazoo The Kalamazoo County Land Bank has worked over the past 3 years to revitalize the once-vibrant commercial corridor in Washington Square, in the Edison neighborhood of Kalamazoo. Their latest project in Washington Square has been the Fare Games competition. For...

  • Resourcefulness Through Reclamation in Benzie County

    Resourcefulness Through Reclamation and Recycling: How Benzie County Has Cut Demo and Dumping Costs With an operating budget under $100,000, Benzie County Land Bank Authority’s pool of funding for demolition and site cleanup is a far cry from some of its larger land bank counterparts...

  • Main Street Impact in Benzie County

    Leveraging Partnerships for Main Street Impact Driving on US-31 through northwest lower Michigan, the “Question Mark” building was an unmistakable landmark for residents and businesses alike in the heart of downtown Honor, MI. Adapted in the early 1990s, the two-story commercial building served as an...

  • Increasing Collaboration through Lot Maintenance

    Increasing Collaboration and Building Local Capacity through Lot Maintenance To support local land stewardship and improve lot maintenance, the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority developed the Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance Program. Through this program, local community groups and nonprofits can apply to the land bank...

  • Supporting Local Firefighter Training

    Supporting Local Firefighter Training with Land Bank Properties Many land banks today are working to answer the question, what comes after demolition? While working to address that issue, the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority has found a unique use for land bank properties before demolition:...

  • Transforming Vacant Spaces in Washington Square

    Transforming Properties and Perceptions: The Story of Art Hop and Washington Square Unlike many land banks in the country focusing strictly on residential properties, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority has taken on commercial property revitalization since its founding in 2009, often using creative paths...