Birmingham Land Bank – April Board Meeting

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Please join the Birmingham Land Bank Authority Thursday, April 8th, 2021 for our regular board meeting. The meeting will start at 2:00pm via WebEx. Memorandum information and instructions on how to attend is listed below.

4.8.21 BLBA Regular Board Meeting Packet

Join by Web:

https://birmingham.webex.com/webappng/sites/birmingham/meeting/download/2db09bfc07c84e389cd76464d9275049?siteurl=birmingham&MTID=m8bddaaccb1deaad9f633e39ff9965c6e

Join by Phone:

+1-415-655-0002 United States Toll

Meeting Number (Access Code): 187 308 3484

Special BLBA Board Meeting 2.11.21

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Join the Birmingham Land Bank on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4pm for a special board meeting. View the announcement here:

BLBA FEBRUARY 11 MTG NOTICE – signed(1)

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February BLBA Board Meeting

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Join us Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2pm for our monthly board meeting. Click the link below for this month’s agenda.

2.4.21 BLBA Regular Board Meeting Notice and Agenda

 

Join by phone:
+1-415-655-0002 United States Toll
+1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)
Access code: 146 041 6331
Via Video: https://youtu.be/_Fg_foAhYfg

Programs and FAQ Overview Webinar

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Have you heard what the Birmingham Land Bank is doing?…from the actual staff of the Birmingham Land Bank?

Join us as we discuss all things BLBA including the powers of Land Banks in Alabama and their role in neighborhood revitalization.

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 from 12pm until 1pm. Click here to join the live stream.

The BLBA has the unique ability to play a significant supporting role in neighborhood revitalization.

Join us as we touch on that role and how it currently and should fit in efforts to improve our neighborhoods.

You may submit general questions at landbank@birminghamal.gov.

 

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January Board Meeting

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Join us Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2pm for the Birmingham Land Bank Authority Regularly scheduled board meeting.
Click here for the meeting agenda.

Meeting number: 146 552 9131

Password: Dd2beFHZn72

 

https://birmingham.webex.com/birmingham/j.php?MTID=m17de9186b9e105da278882c7b7248ca1
+1-415-655-0002 United States Toll

+1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)

Access code: 146 552 9131

Looking back on 2020.

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Friends,

This time last year, I certainly could not have anticipated what was to come in the next 12 months. The pandemic, which continues to grow, has had lasting effects on each and every one of us. I must acknowledge our team and their commitment to pushing the Authority forward through this time. Our small staff, which has been great at overcoming internal and external obstacles over the last 3 years, has risen to the numerous additional challenges that the pandemic has introduced.

We thank the leadership of our board of directors and the continued partnership of our citizen, non-profit and for-profit partners that are working to complete projects throughout the City of Birmingham. Operations could not have continued over this past year without the commitment of BLBA counsel, Circuit Judges Ballard, Blankenship and Smitherman, Jefferson County Tax Collector, Assessor and Probate Court, the Alabama Department of Revenue, the City of Birmingham and numerous others that play a role working with the BLBA to facilitate the clearing of title to problem properties.

Facing challenges that seem insurmountable at times, each member of our team greatly appreciates that these challenges inspire growth, adaptability and resiliency. I am proud of our team and look forward to more successes as we continue to work toward increased collaboration and coordination across departmental lines at the City of Birmingham to play our part in the revitalization of our Birmingham Neighborhoods.

We will release our Annual Report at the beginning of February.  If you have not already, please read the information below for some background on the Birmingham Land Bank Authority. We encourage you to stay engaged and check our website frequently. As we enter a new year, we are excited at all of the opportunities that await Birmingham.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

-Eric Fancher

Administrator, Birmingham Land Bank Authority

Join us this Wednesday at 12:00pm for a BLBA Year in Review/ FAQ Session. We will discuss BLBA activities over the past 12, 24 and 36 months and answer frequently asked questions.

Click here to learn more about this event. This link, http://birminghamlandbank.org/year-in-review-and-faq-webinar/, will take you to the event page.

Our goal is, through our programming and our outreach, to spark conversation and increased interest in neighborhood revitalization.

 

 

 

 

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Birmingham has experienced an extended period of population decline and disinvestment. The problem is exhibited by the large number of abandoned and tax delinquent properties throughout areas west of I-65, North of 20/59 and in our Eastern areas.

Heir property with clouded title and property owned by tax lien speculators or absentee landowners make up a large portion of these problem properties.

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It is exacerbated by the fact that many of our absentee property owners recognize that there is a lack of any significant consequence to allowing their properties to sit and deteriorate in Birmingham’s neighborhoods.

Many people obtain tax interests in problem properties with the hopes that they will rehabilitate and improve many of these problem properties. Unfortunately, having only a tax interest in a property is often insufficient to meet needs of parties interested in improving their neighborhoods. To obtain financing, land use approvals from the local governing body and fee simple ownership, an action to quiet title to the subject property is generally required.

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The Birmingham Land Bank Authority(BLBA) takes tax delinquent properties (that have been in the State’s inventory for 5 years or more), clears the title, and allows eligible parties to purchase them, with development agreements in place, in order to facilitate development and improvement of problem properties in our neighborhoods.

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

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The BLBA, a public corporation, is the first municipal land bank to incorporate and operate under Alabama’s laws that heavily favor the prior owner. Over the last five years, the BLBA has crafted a program that has involved coordinating various entities including the Alabama Department of Revenue, Jefferson County, Jefferson County Circuit Courts, Probate Court, City of Birmingham, attorneys and title insurance companies.

The title clearing process has been very successful and we anticipate clearing title to our 500th tax delinquent property by the end of 2020.

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The properties that we process aren’t meant to just be sold and held only to be sold again with no investment. We are building a program in which we enter into partnerships with citizens, non-profits and developers that plan to invest, as soon as possible, in improvements to our neighborhoods. The BLBA extinguishes municipal liens and assessments and expends a considerable amount of staff time and resources with the understanding that the purchaser will not simply pay taxes, but improve the property and return the property to being an asset for the community. The City of Birmingham allows its municipal liens and assessments (funds that they have already expended to maintain and/or demolish structures) to be extinguished is a significant investment in the efforts to push neighborhood revitalization.

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Hundreds of citizens have stepped in to save abandoned structures and preserve the character of their communities or to maintain and redevelop vacant lots. The majority of our sales are to individuals, but we recognize the need for large scale development partnerships to spark change in many areas. Utilizing the site assembly abilities of the BLBA, several non-profits have also partnered with the BLBA to develop new housing in neighborhoods that they serve. They include Habitat for Humanity, Woodlawn Foundation (housing in the Woodlawn Community) and Titusville Development Corporation ( Greek Streets Development in North Titusville).
No alt text provided for this imageThe BLBA has made great strides since its inception, but will continue to require increased support from its municipal partner to aid in operations and logistics. We continue work to improve, on the state level, laws that enable municipalities to take actions aimed stabilizing and improving our neighborhoods (land banking, code enforcement, vacant property fees and registration).

With thousands of problem properties sitting in the City of Birmingham, the problem can seem overwhelming. Increased support and collaboration between municipal leaders, other public and nonprofit agencies, the private sector, and citizens is key to tackling these problems. Our partners show us in many of their projects that what many dismiss as a total loss can be brought back to life with focus and time.

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Every property that the land bank conveys to a new responsible owner is a property that the City of Birmingham no longer has to maintain and one that generates tax revenue for the city.

Citizens, nonprofits and developers are coming back into Birmingham and seeking to invest and revitalize our neighborhoods.

We are proud to play our part in efforts to revitalize Birmingham’s neighborhoods.

To learn more, visit our website at www.birminghamlandbank.org.

Year in Review and FAQ Webinar

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Join us Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm as we answer your frequently asked questions and discuss what the year 2020 brought us.

Have a question you want answered live? Email us at landbank@birminghamal.gov

Join by web:
https://tinyurl.com/landbank-webinar

Join by phone:
+1-415-655-0002
Access Code:
146 108 2922

Special BLBA Board Meeting

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The Birmingham Land Bank Authority will hold a special board meeting Friday, December 18, 2020 at 10am. Follow the link below for the agenda.

 BLBA Special Board Meeting Notice and Agenda

Join by web:
https://birmingham.webex.com/birmingham/j.php?MTID=mf7a244ce87bd5afff1e1cc5b925c78cf 

Join by Phone:

+1-415-655-0002 United States Toll
+1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)
Access code: 146 982 0714

Neighborhood Revitalization vs Gentrification Webinar

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Join us Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12pm as we discuss neighborhood revitalization and gentrification. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Lonnie Hannon, who is one of our board members and a professor at Tuskegee Institute.

Click here to join the meeting.