We Are Knox County’s Economic Developer
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P.O. Box 29
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Land Bank

Thank for your interest in the Knox County Land Bank!

The mission of the Knox County Land Bank is to strengthen neighborhoods and preserve property values through a transparent and fair process. We do this by turning vacant, tax delinquent, and other properties into assets that enhance the quality of life and economy in Knox County by creating green space, community property, and safe, clean, and affordable housing.

On this page you can browse available properties, contact us to acquire or dispose of unwanted property, submit an application to be prequalified contractor, and learn more about how the Land Bank operates. We hope you take some time to consult the resources and learn more about this unique community organization.

Thank you for taking for helping us to strengthen our community.

Purchasing Procedures

Here at the Land Bank, we don’t follow typical real estate selling procedures. Instead of taking bids and selling to the highest bidder, we take applications that consider a number of factors such as: intended use, planned renovations, total investment, timeframe, workmanship quality, and purchase offer. We feel that this process gives everyone a fair chance to purchase property and doesn’t give those with the most money an advantage. After a short application period, we review all submitted applications and consider which application offers the best outcome for the community and property, not just the highest bid. Our goal is to always find the highest and best use for the property.

Download a purchase application for lots with structures here.

Download a purchase application for vacant lots here.

Houses For Sale

244 Newark Road - Mount Vernon, Ohio

This fixer-upper would make a great single family home. It has a large backyard and is close to schools, stores and downtown. Fire damage is limited to mostly the 2nd floor and is not extensive.

Applications due September 30th



407 N. West Street - Mount Vernon, Ohio

This 4 bedroom large lot fixer-upper is in a prime location near jobs and transportation routes. A little TLC will make this a great family home with plenty of return on investment.

Applications due September 30th



304 E. Ohio Ave - Mount Vernon, Ohio

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath historic home with tons of historic charm is in a great location. It is 2 blocks from downtown, steps from the historic district, bike trail and 2 city parks! This house could become an anchor house for the neighborhood. Local development incentives are available for this property as well.

Owner-occupied, single family use only.

Rolling Application Deadline

Vacant Land For Sale

Prime Industrial Development Site in Mount Vernon

The former Shellmar Packaging land is nearly 27 acres of prime industrial land located in the heart of the City of Mount Vernon.

Click here for the property information.

Interested in Acquiring or Disposing of Property? Fill Out the Form Below:

Land Banks are quasi-governmental entities whose primary function is to develop communities by dealing with unwanted property. They do this by using specialized legal processes to clear title and taxes and then employ a unique selling process to identify the ultimate best use for the property. Basically, Land Banks often take on “the worst house on the street” so that they can once again have a positive impact on neighborhoods. To help Land Banks best achieve this goal, they are required to follow open meetings & public records laws.


Agreement & Plan

Code of Regulations

Ethics Policy

Public Records Policy

Policies and Procedures

Contractor Prequalification Application

Financial Reports

2018 Annual Financial Report