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RISE - Targeted Neighborhood Investment
Introduction and Goals

While the Land Bank is active in all the neighborhoods of Lucas County, an opportunity exists to target the tools and resources of the Land Bank at the neighborhood level in a comprehensive way. RISE (Rebuild Invest Stabilize Engage) is that effort.

RISE will work to revitalize the real estate market for home owners, furthering the goal of stabilizing and increasing property values; provide home repair assistance to existing home owners; provide financing and other incentives for new and existing neighborhood businesses; invest in place-making initiatives in partnership with neighborhood-based organizations; and partner on strategic nuisance abatement and code enforcement efforts.

The goals of RISE are to target available resources in a specific geographic area for at least 12 months in order to:
  • Help stabilize the real estate market and preserve property values
  • Build on resident-led momentum to advance neighborhood quality of life
  • Encourage a sense of place and community

Helping Library Village RISE
Library Village Border




In 2016, the Land Bank's Board of Directors has chosen Library Village for targeted neighborhood investment under the RISE program. 

While dozens of neighborhoods in Lucas County were considered, Library Village was chosen because of the intersection of many key elements necessary to see stabilization over time. 

Library Village has a dense residential neighborhood and also strong commercial corridors; it has a higher incidence of homeownership than Toledo as a whole; and it has engaged and dedicated residents working to move the neighborhood forward.

2016 RISE Programs

Homeownership Advantage

The Land Bank will be working with contractors to renovate up to 12 vacant homes it owns in Library Village. Once renovated and restored, these homes will be offered for sale exclusively to homeowners in order to help grow and stabilize the neighborhood.

Please excuse our dust as we work hard to make a difference!

ReInvest Match Grants

In partnership with our Heritage Home Program, a limited number of ReInvest Match Grants will be available to qualified property owners to make necessary repairs to their homes. Up to 50% of the cost of your home project may be reimbursed by the Land Bank (max of two projects and $5,000).  Read the Program Guidelines to learn more.

To participate, please request a Heritage Home Program Technical Assistance visit today!  

Business Advantage

To help improve the look and feel of the Five Points Business District, a limited number of Storefront Improvement grants will be available to qualified property owners to invest in their business. 

Download the Storefront Improvement Program Overview & Application or call (419) 213-4286 to learn more!

Community Engagement


The Land Bank will be working closely with Sylvania Avenue Neighbors and the Library Village Block Watch to help support resident-led initiatives in the neighborhood.  Visit the Sylvania Avenue Neighbors Facebook page to learn more!