As a public agency focused on economic development and regional prosperity, the Port Authority works with communities to remove blight and create new value and attractive development opportunities.
The Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (HCLRC or Landbank) is the primary resource focused on community revitalization, whose goal is to return vacant properties to productive use.
The Port Authority serves as management company for the Landbank, providing all executive and administrative services for the Landbank. More importantly, through this arrangement, the Port Authority has deepened its engagement in community development initiatives.
In fewer than three years this pairing has already initiated several transformative projects by leveraging the tools and resources of both organizations in order to strategically strengthen neighborhoods. Successful programs to date include:
- REACH Evanston: Rehab Across Cincinnati and Hamilton County, or REACH, seeks to jump-start neighborhood redevelopment and unlock the assets of Hamilton County neighborhoods by conducting targeted, wide-scale residential rehabilitation – one neighborhood at a time. The REACH program uses an inclusive approach to development that includes partnering with neighborhood institutions, community leaders, local government, police, building code enforcement, and private developers.
Evanston is the Landbank’s first REACH neighborhood.
- Moving Ohio Forward: The Landbank served as the grant administrator for more than $11 million dollars in demolition grant funding from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
- Historic Stabilization Program: The Port Authority works in communities with iconic, yet often crumbling historic properties. Through dedicated funding, the Landbank has stabilized several important structures valued by the community, including the Moerlein residence in Mt. Auburn; Farmer’s Hotel in Northside, and Regal Theater in the city’s West End. The Port Authority is working with the development community to identify redevelopment resources.
For more information about Landbank programs, please visit hamiltoncountylandbank.org
We are so impressed with the Port’s ability – and willingness – to partner with the CDCs. [The staff] understand our issues, and are supporting us in efforts to find ways transform communities in a big way! The land bank operation has gotten high praise from the target communities, and from non-targeted neighborhoods. Professional, open, helpful, responsive.“
CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati