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Ingham County Land Bank gets $800K+ From Settlement

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - The Ingham County Land Bank got more than $836,000 through the state's Blight Elimination Program. There were 34 communites around Michigan who are receiving the money and it comes from a federal settlement, following a lawsuit over mortage foreclosure practices.

Chairman Eric Shertzing of the Landbank says an example of where that money is going to be invested is at the former campus of the School for the Blind off Pine in Lansing. Part of that money would go towards demolishing some of the buildings on the 40 acre campus, including the dining hall, maintenance shop and some of the dorms which have become run down.

Shertzing says though the main adiminstration buidling and former high school will not be torn down, the beauty of that will hopeuflly be restored one day.

"The pieces of the property that will be demolished are ones that we have been working for almost a decade to try and find somebody to work with existing structures to re-develop them. We've had conversations. We've had people look at the property and it just never worked and it comes to the point of delay and functional obscelence," said Schertzing.

Shertzing says its all about making the community development ready and to have that kind of space to work with in the middle of the city is an assest and big opportunity.

Work is expected to begin sometime this year.

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