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Calhoun County receives more funding to curb blight

Posted: 1:05 PM, Aug 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-09 15:47:24Z

To continue the beautification of Albion, and take down dilapidated buildings, the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority has received additional state funding.

The Land Bank Authority released the information on Monday, and the additional $125,000 will go towards demolishing 10 highly-visible and dilapidated structures leading to the city’s downtown area, as well as a cluster of houses along Jefferson and Albion streets in the northwest part of the city, states a release.

"We appreciate the Land Bank's targeted efforts to remove these eyesores in Albion and revitalize our neighborhoods," said Sheryl Mitchell, Albion City Manager. "We look forward to demolishing these blighted structures in the coming months, which will be the first step toward putting these properties back into productive use."

Earlier this year, the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority was awarded $125,000 from the Blight Elimination Program by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. The first funding was used to knock down 12 abandoned properties near downtown Albion.

The removal of the structures is to improve the area and local neighborhoods in Albion.

"Eliminating blight to improve neighborhoods, promoting public safety and protecting home values are among our top priorities at the Calhoun County Land Bank," said Christine Schauer, Calhoun County Treasurer and Chairperson of the Calhoun County Land Bank. "We're proud to bring state dollars into Calhoun County to demolish blighted structures and improve Albion neighborhoods."