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Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Land Bank

Thank you for your interest in the Knox County Land Bank!

The Knox County Land Bank’s mission 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.

Land Banks are quasi-governmental entities that use specialized legal processes to clear title and taxes and then employ a unique selling process to identify the property’s ultimate best use. 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.

Thank you for helping us to strengthen our community.

You can browse available properties on this page, 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.

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 several 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 always to 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.

Properties For Sale

Parcel #66-05077.00 18 E. Vine St. - Mount Vernon

Former Mount Vernon News building

306 E. Burgess Street, Mount Vernon

Cute home with 1,950 sq ft.  It needs foundation work on the back addition but could be renovated into a nice home by the right person.

Looking to sell for $15,000

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.

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