WHAT WE DO

Over ten thousand properties in the City of Birmingham have become unmarketable and, in turn, unusable because the properties are burdened by the piling on of various sorts of government-created liens (tax liens, weed liens, demolition liens, etc.) and/or have clouded titles. Over time, property owners lose interest in maintaining the property because the property becomes a financial liability, rather than an asset. As our neighborhoods accumulate more and more of these unmaintained, tax delinquent properties, our neighborhoods become overwhelmed with blight.

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority has the ability to clear these back taxes, municipal liens and assessments and the authority to institute quiet title actions on properties that are at least five years tax delinquent.

The Land Bank allows for the citizens to take ownership of and improve properties that were previously financially infeasible to acquire.

Every property that the land bank conveys to a new owner is a property that the City of Birmingham no longer has to maintain and one that generates revenue for the city. New owners are required to complete proposed development plans on properties that they acquire to reduce the blight that has inundated many of our neighborhoods.

We collaborate with citizens, non-profits, businesses, city departments and other agencies to empower our citizens, remove blight, increase property values and ultimately strengthen our neighborhoods by returning tax delinquent property back into productive use.

Visit the view properties page to see the thousands of properties available for acquisition through our programs. For more information about each of our programs and the application process, visit our programs page.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority is to serve the citizens of Birmingham by working collaboratively and transparently with community stakeholders and the City of Birmingham to steward vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties and dispose of them to the best use as defined by the needs of the community to reduce community blight, stabilize neighborhoods, facilitate community civic, and commercial redevelopment, and to increase community and overall City of Birmingham property values while returning such properties back to the tax rolls.

Birmingham Land Bank Authority Board of Directors

The affairs and activities of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority are overseen and governed by a 7 member Board of Directors.

4 members are chosen by the Birmingham City Council and 3 members are chosen by the Birmingham Mayor’s Office.

Marshall Anderson

Chairman

Partner, Design Initiative, LLC

Christopher Cummings

Vice Chairman

Employment Specialist

James R. Burton, IV

Secretary

Co-Founder and Executive Director at SWEET Alabama (Sustainable Water, Energy, and Economic Transition in Alabama)

Bradley P. Green

Vice President, Public Finance
Raymond James

Gwen Bates Calhoun

President, Hillman Neighborhood Association

Jason Eppenger

Alabama Market President, Citizens Trust Bank

Rev. Lyord Watson Jr,

Reverend Lyord Watson Jr.
Minister of Education, Tabernacle Baptist Church

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority (BLBA) is a public corporation incorporated under Resolution No. 928-14 of the City of Birmingham and pursuant to Chapter 9, Title 24, of the Code of Alabama to carry out the purpose and functions set out in the Enabling Legislation, the Authority’s Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws.

In accordance with the Enabling Legislation, the Authority shall be able to receive funding from any source including, but not limited to, donations, grants, fees, and sale of property. The Authority may also receive funding from the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County or any other governmental agency.

The Authority may expend the necessary funds to obtain consulting services as needed to carry out its duties and responsibilities and to implement its priorities.

The Authority shall, in its sole discretion, expend such funds as necessary in payment of legal fees, advertising fees, notification of lien holders, title searches, appraisals, and other equipment and/or services that are required to fulfill the intent of the Authority.

Our Board of Directors meet on the first Thursday of each month at Birmingham City Hall.
3rd Floor Conference Rooms D and E
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, Alabama 35203