Mike Davis, director of the Central Illinois Land Bank, briefed the town of Hoopeston on some ongoing projects at the last council meeting.
He said he signed a purchase contract for 908 W. Washington St. and 406 E. Thompson Ave. that the bank is expected to have title next month or shortly thereafter and two more properties, 520 E. Honeywell Ave. and 210 E. Washington St. are currently being abandoned.
After speaking with city attorney David Wesner, he hopes to have title to these properties by the end of November and hopes to consolidate all the properties to make a demonstration application proposal for all four.
“At the bare minimum, I would like to see $ 800 or more,” he said for the properties to be demolished. The $ 800 is what is paid to acquire the properties.
In other cases, Davis hoped that council would have voted to acquire five properties, 624 E. McCracken and 628 E. McCracken, 317 Front, 320 Front and 322 Front street., At that meeting. However, the council did not have it on this agenda, so the properties could not be made.
These properties are part of the expedited demolition properties dealt with through the abandonment petition process and county tax trustee action, generally used for public health and safety risks. However, these properties still have someone paying taxes on them.
Davis said the only way to get them is through a quick demolition. If the city has a lien on the property, is willing to forgive the lien, it would be willing to take it. He added that for the fast lane to happen, he only has 120 days to handle the demolition process.
“You really have to have all of your ducks lined up for everything to be done from soup to nuts in 120 days or the whole process to start over again,” he said.
This process includes inspecting asbestos, creating a demolition plan, waiting two weeks for proposals, and demolishing buildings.
Davis added that if a relevant owner of one of the buildings wanted to donate a building, the land bank would consider a donation, but would have to review the title to the property to ensure that no additional privileges were present. on the property.
“I don’t have the capacity, as a land bank, to wipe out IRS liens of $ 20,000 or $ 50,000,” he said. “If these show up, I am not touching this property with a 10 foot post.”
Davis has asked the board to approve the five properties at the next board meeting, which will be held on October 19 at 7 p.m.
Davis said he had to submit an application to the state for historic preservation approval, which typically took about four to six weeks, and took photos of the five properties for council to approve and consider submit them to the state. to move this process forward.
Davis then informed the council that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities’ Illinois and Main Street Reconstruction Programs had grant programs that funded programs for commercial property.
He asked the council to consider developing a plan to deal with vacant and dilapidated commercial properties in the city in order to apply for a DCEO grant. The city could partner with the land bank and Vermilion Advantage to develop a proposal for grant funds.
Davis said he would be happy to help the city create a DCEO proposal if interested, but nominations are expected in January and would require a lot of work. Some city money would be needed.
Alderman Robin Lawson expressed his gratitude to Davis and the Land Bank: “It was appreciated, everything you did. She added that she had heard a positive response regarding the land bank’s demonstration work.
“If you like the job, tell it to senators and your state officials as well,” Davis said. “I push the state: put real money on the table so that we can work. And he added, “Now is the time to pick up the phone because I am asking the governor and the state for millions of dollars to support this work.”