Properties become a nuisance to neighborhoods when land owners neglect to keep their buildings secure and habitable, and their lots maintained. In Virginia, designated Land Banks partner with local governments to acquire problem properties and clear them of liens, secure abandoned residential buildings and maintain vacant lots until responsible stewards are identified. By offering opportunities for citizens and neighborhood associations to adopt or lease vacant lots for community gardens or orchards, for first-time homebuyers to buy and renovate as owner-occupants, and for developers to assemble land for multi-family developments, Land Banks are a proven strategy for the stabilization of communities throughout the United States.
Per Virginia Code sections 15.2-7500 through 15.2-7512, the DNDC was appointed by the City of Danville to develop and administer Danville’s Land Bank program. With assistance from the Center for Community Progress and HD Advisors, the DNDC is preparing to assume this responsibility. When properties are transferred from the City of Danville, and as “land bank” properties are acquired, more information will be posted here. In the meantime, if you wish to donate or purchase property, contact the City’s Department of Community Development, 434-799-5260.