Birmingham Land Bank Authority

Birmingham Land Bank Authority The Birmingham Land Bank Authority stands ready, willing, and able to help facilitate the return of tax delinquent properties to productive use.

Many properties in Birmingham have become unmarketable and, in turn, unusable because the properties are burdened by the piling on of various sorts of government-created liens (tax liens, weed liens, demolition liens, etc.) and/or have clouded titles. Over time, property owners lose interest in maintaining the property because the property becomes a financial liability, rather than an asset. As our neighborhoods accumulate more and more of these properties, instances of nuisances mutate into areas of blight. However, thanks to legislation that authorized local land banks in Alabama, the good news is that it does not have to stay that way. Led by Senator Linda Coleman, the State Legislature passed a 2013 amendment to the Alabama Land Bank Authority Act that authorized local land bank authorities to be formed by municipalities or counties. Through its lien-stripping powers, local land bank authorities now could return the property to productive use, even if the property was “upside down” because of high liens relative to the value of the property. In 2014, the City of Birmingham incorporated the first local land bank authority in Alabama with the creation of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority (BLBA). The BLBA strives to empower the citizens of Birmingham with a tool to take charge of their neighborhoods in the battle against the abundance of blighted, overgrown and abandoned properties. The City of Birmingham is littered with thousands of blighted properties that act as a nuisance to those who matter most, the citizens. The City of Birmingham is tasked with maintaining these thousands of properties that do not belong to the City, but to absent and delinquent owners. BLBA programs provide these citizens with the opportunity to reclaim and renovate eligible vacant properties. Through the BLBA General Request program, citizens, in cooperation with the BLBA, can take eligible properties, that have been tax-delinquent for at least five (5) years, through the quiet title process to work towards achieving full ownership of properties. If you find yourself not yet prepared to take on the costs of our general request program, you have the option to participate in our Side-Lot and Adopt-a-Lot programs which operate as two year leases on the property. These two programs provide the participant with an option at the end of the term to pursue either a statutory warranty deed (full ownership) or a quitclaim deed (limited rights) to the property. The BLBA also partners with city departments and community organizations to carry out catalytic development projects that adhere to each area's framework plans. We encourage citizens and community organizations to learn about our programming and to join the front lines as good stewards of the land in Birmingham. We hope that you will join us and take advantage of our programming as we continue to expand. It is imperative that our citizens take advantage of programs such as the BLBA so that their neighborhoods can thrive in adherence to their wishes and plans. We are here to work for you. Our board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2:00pm on the third floor of City Hall. View our listing of eligible properties at www.birminghamlandbank.org Contact us with your questions at [email protected]

Mission: The Birmingham Land Bank Authority was established to acquire the tax-delinquent properties, surplus properties of the local governments, and other properties located within the City of Birmingham in order to foster the public purpose of returning land which is in a nonrevenue-generating, nontax-producing status to an effective utilization status in order to remove blight, provide housing, and stabilize neighborhoods for the citizens of the City.

Operating as usual

Woodlawn United
02/12/2021

Woodlawn United

We are proud to partner with Housing Authority of the Birmingham District to offer a Homeownership Workshop Series to residents in Woodlawn.

Check out the flyer below for more information and visit https://bit.ly/homeownerpathway to register!

02/05/2021
City of Birmingham Government

A little over three years ago, the BLBA closed the sale of its first properties taken through the quiet title process. We have just cleared title to 514 properties and have sold over 350 properties. This year, we are projected to continue breaking barriers as we work to put each of the properties back to productive use for housing and commercial development, community gardens, stormwater projects and other innovative uses that will provide a benefit to our communities.

We will release our annual report in the coming weeks. This will provide an in depth look into operations and the progress that the Authority has made over this past year.

On Friday, four Birmingham families closed on homes or vacant lots that were once abandoned, tax delinquent properties in the Magic City. They plan to renovate the properties or turn them into community gardens or green space.

Their efforts are the result of work being done by the Birmingham Land Bank Authority, established in 2014 to help revitalize neighborhoods and fight blight. The authority had to first select a board, set up policies and more before actual closings could happen. That day is finally here, which took place this morning at City Hall. Today’s closings were the first closings of the authority, which is the first program of its kind in Alabama.

Today’s closings were on properties in North Crestwood, Inglenook, East Lake and the Riley neighborhoods, said Eric Fancher, administrator of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority.

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority will host informational sessions about the new program on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall in the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens.

For more information about this program, please visit www.birminghamlandbank.org or www.facebook.com/Birminghamlandbank.

Winter Virtual Training Institute
01/28/2021
Winter Virtual Training Institute

Winter Virtual Training Institute

To provide you with the top-notch expert instruction and networking opportunities you’ve come to expect from NeighborWorks America, while respecting the need for social distancing and the difficulty of travel, we’ve conceived a new kind of event—a Virtual Training Institute—that will incorpo...

Did you miss our webinar today or just want to share all of the information that was given🤔? Good news! The webinar is n...
01/27/2021
Programs and FAQ Webinar

Did you miss our webinar today or just want to share all of the information that was given🤔? Good news! The webinar is now available on our YouTube page @Birmingham Land Bank Authority for you to watch it whenever and wherever you want to. Be sure to check out some of our other videos and like, subscribe, and turn on the notification bell so that you'll always be informed of when new content is added. 😁

Have you heard what the Birmingham Land Bank is doing?...from the actual staff of the Birmingham Land Bank?Join us as we discuss all things BLBA including th...

Looking forward to participating in this series with the Southern Environmental Center  on the 18th of February.The Birm...
01/26/2021
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Looking forward to participating in this series with the Southern Environmental Center on the 18th of February.

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority is committed to putting problem properties back to productive use.

In addition to housing and commercial development, we must explore additional uses of vacant lots throughout Birmingham including stormwater management, development of urban agriculture sites, and the creation of urban forests.

With a growing number of abandoned lots, we must enter into strategic partnerships to explore and facilitate these projects throughout our city.

Beginning January 7, the Southern Environmental Center is launching a program promoting sustainable communities by way of small-scale urban farming.

2020 has seen us face unprecedented challenges. We look forward to pushing through and making greater strides in 2021!
12/28/2020
Looking back on 2020. – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

2020 has seen us face unprecedented challenges. We look forward to pushing through and making greater strides in 2021!

Looking back on 2020. Informational, News Friends, This time last year, I certainly could not have anticipated what was to come in the next 12 months. The pandemic, which continues to grow, has had lasting effects on each and every one of us. I must acknowledge our team and their commitment to pushi...

We have a great #workinprogresswednesday project by program partner, Graydog Properties LLC  . This is #norwoodcrispyhou...
12/17/2020

We have a great #workinprogresswednesday project by program partner, Graydog Properties LLC . This is #norwoodcrispyhouse . This house sat open, vacant and dilapidated for over ten years. As we took it through the quiet title process, someone set it on fire. Our purchaser has spent put a tremendous amount of time and energy into bringing this property back to life.

We look forward to seeing the finished product.

Center for Community Progress
12/11/2020

Center for Community Progress

New Report – Full Results, America’s Vacant Lot Landscape #vacantland #communitydevelopment bit.ly/341qmJM #localgovernment #resources  University of Michigan

Jefferson County, Alabama
12/08/2020

Jefferson County, Alabama

This week the Commission added mortgage assistance to this program.

We spent a moment with Graydog Properties as they surveyed a recent purchase from the BLBA. Many eligible properties for...
12/03/2020

We spent a moment with Graydog Properties as they surveyed a recent purchase from the BLBA. Many eligible properties for BLBA programming require a significant amount of work. These properties often deteriorate after being neglected prior to tax delinquency, then they sit in the state’s inventory for five years before becoming eligible for our programming. Vandalism, scrappers acts of God all contribute to the deterioration. This house surely has been through it all. We look forward to witnessing the transformation just as we have with Graydog Properties’s #norwoodcrispyhouse . We hope to see improved legislation that will allow for increased code enforcement power and to allow the land bank to intervene earlier. It takes collaboration and partnership. We are thankful for the many that are out there putting in the work. #BLBA #birmingham #neighborhoodrevitalization

The magic starts after we clear title to the problem property. Check out how one BLBA buyer turned this abandoned lot in...
12/01/2020

The magic starts after we clear title to the problem property. Check out how one BLBA buyer turned this abandoned lot into their gorgeous home! #blba
#transformationtuesday #cityofbirmingham

Check out this dramatic renovation in the Eastlake area that one of our land bank properties underwent. Our applicant re...
11/24/2020

Check out this dramatic renovation in the Eastlake area that one of our land bank properties underwent. Our applicant renovated this property in just 90 days! 🤯 We look forward to showing off more transformations of blighted properties throughout the City of Birmingham. #transformationtuesday #BLBA #monroepark

We look forward to the transformation of this house that was saved from the condemnation list. #BLBA
11/18/2020

We look forward to the transformation of this house that was saved from the condemnation list. #BLBA

We are so excited to introduce our next project in Norwood! Meet #4story4square ! Once finished, this house will feature finished basement AND a walk up attic. 🤯 We can’t wait to start bring some life back into this old girl. She looks pretty good from the front, but is missing some key walls in the back. Fun fact, this almost got her the name “mullet house” but that moniker did not stick. 🤣 We’ve been hard at work on the plans for the renovation, more pics to come soon!

#historichomes #historicrenovation #foursquare #norwoodbham

Jefferson County, Alabama
11/02/2020

Jefferson County, Alabama

If you live in Jefferson County and need help with rent or utilities due to COVID-19 check this out. 👇👇👇👇

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10/14/2020
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Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

You may now visit the link below to view the summary of our October Regular Board Meeting. Our next regular meeting is s...
10/02/2020
October Board Meeting – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

You may now visit the link below to view the summary of our October Regular Board Meeting.

Our next regular meeting is scheduled to take place on November 5th at 2pm. Please visit our website for more information.

October Board Meeting Uncategorized NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BIRMINGHAM LAND BANK AUTHORITY BOARD As Chairman of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority Board, I am calling a regular virtual meeting of the Board to occur:   Date:Thursday, October 1 , 2020 Time:2:00pm The purpose of and agenda fo...

We have now moved our Regular Meetings, for the foreseeable future, to the Webex platform. We will work to make sure tha...
10/01/2020
October Board Meeting – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

We have now moved our Regular Meetings, for the foreseeable future, to the Webex platform. We will work to make sure that our future meetings are shared on this platform as well as on our website. You may always check the Board Meeting tab on our website for information on upcoming Board Meetings.

Our meetings regularly are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month. You may always visit our website and visit the board page for more information.

Join us on October 1, 2020 at 2pm. You may utilize webex or dial in via telephone. Click the link for more information on how to attend.

October Board Meeting Uncategorized NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BIRMINGHAM LAND BANK AUTHORITY BOARD As Chairman of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority Board, I am calling a regular virtual meeting of the Board to occur:   Date:Thursday, October 1 , 2020 Time:2:00pm The purpose of and agenda fo...

You have time.
09/17/2020

You have time.

Did you know the Tax Collector's office offers payment plans? They do, call them to work something out.

If you're concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, read on for inform...
08/27/2020
Mortgage and housing assistance | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you're concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, read on for information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rent payment relief.

Check out this information from the Consumer Financial Protectuon Bureau.

If you're concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, read on for information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rent payment relief.

08/25/2020
Congratulations and Welcome!

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority would like to welcome Dr. Lonnie Hannon to the Land Bank Board and congratulate Rev. Lyord Watson on his reappointment. We are so happy to have you two!

Proud of this group of concerned citizens. We look forward to partnership and continued aid in the fight against blight.
08/15/2020

Proud of this group of concerned citizens. We look forward to partnership and continued aid in the fight against blight.

More photos from last Saturday in the North Titusville community!

We cleaned 5 lots in just under 2 hours, and collected 9 bags of trash and 5 more bags of recyclable materials!

Thank you to the residents and volunteers that came out! You all are what makes Magic City Blight Busters possible!!

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08/12/2020

Alabama Title Co., Inc.

#TitleTuesday

Why isn’t the BLBA currently accepting applications?Like you, we are anxiously awaiting the opening of a new application...
08/11/2020
BLBA August Application Updates – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

Why isn’t the BLBA currently accepting applications?

Like you, we are anxiously awaiting the opening of a new application period. The evaluation of applications involves a large amount of time and energy as we work to only contract with applicants that intend to utilize acquisitions from the BLBA in a manner that is beneficial to the surrounding community and the City of Birmingham.

The BLBA team has been working to hire additional staff during this past year. Those hires include a field person to evaluate and monitor compliance on BLBA properties along with staff member that solely focuses on applications and related outreach.

We do not have a timeline on their start dates. Until we have them in place, our next full Application period is expected to start in November for the Quiet Title Program.

If we get staff in place prior to that, we will open the full application period up, on a rolling basis so that any interested party will be able to apply throughout the year.

If you cannot wait until then, properties eligible for our program have been sitting in the state’s inventory for at least five years. You can always reach out to the State Department of Revenue to work through their process.

WE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS within the next two weeks on several Immediate Acquisition Parcels. Check our website each week to keep up to date.

CURRENT APPLICANTS: You should be receiving written correspondence from staff in the next two weeks. We have received deeds this week and are in the process of recording and assessing each of them.

We encourage all to check out and read our post from July with other updates.

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to use our Contact Page.

Like you, we are anxiously awaiting the opening of a new application period. The evaluation of applications involves a large amount of time and energy as we work to only contract with applicants that intend to utilize acquisitions from the BLBA in a manner that is beneficial to the surrounding commu...

We are proud to be partners with Titusville Development Corporation in their efforts in the North Titusvulle Neighborhoo...
07/28/2020

We are proud to be partners with Titusville Development Corporation in their efforts in the North Titusvulle Neighborhood. We are working to clear title to and assemble additional parcels for their project plans.

As revitalization of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods continues, Dr. Ron Bayles of Titusville Development Corp. reminds us, “You have to revitalize people as well as community, if you do otherwise then you really are missing the point.”

This newly refurbished two bed, one bath home on 422 Iota Ave S was especially designed to accommodate disabled residents who may have trouble operating within a new home. The city served as a partner, allocating HOME Funds to assist in the construction.

Dr. Bayles is optimistic about the future of Titusville development, saying: “Revitalizing deals with bringing something back, so there has to be a reference of what was, and also some indication as to what is to be.” Stay tuned to our channels for more neighborhood revitalization updates.

A couple of quick updates. Please click the update post below and read visit to catch up. Feel free to contact us via ou...
07/27/2020
July Quick Updates – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

A couple of quick updates. Please click the update post below and read visit to catch up. Feel free to contact us via our contact page for more questions or request that we cover a specific topic.

http://birminghamlandbank.org/july-quick-updates/

We are having to make some pivots due to COVID19, but our team is working diligently to push this program forward. The addition of 3 staff members, use of vehicles and dedicated office space will afford us more capacity than ever to be a strong tool in the neighborhood revitalization toolbox.

The BLBA Board and Staff continue to push forward in their mission to put problem properties back to productive use in t...
06/12/2020
Contact – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

The BLBA Board and Staff continue to push forward in their mission to put problem properties back to productive use in the City of Birmingham. The effects of systematic racism, redlining, flight and economic turmoil make our mission more important now than ever.

One of our goals of the next 12 months is to increase capacity and capability of those that are truly interested improving their neighborhoods. We will work with partner agencies to have these conversations and hopefully push more people to live and own in Birmingham. Simply saying that you want to improve your community is one thing and building the capacity, tools and knowledge to actually follow through is another. Stay tuned.

Over the past few months, there have been interruptions that touch every aspect of our operations. Changes in circumstances with our courts, attorneys, partners and other departments have slowed things down....but, we are still moving forward.

While we continue to update our website, www.birminghamlandbank.org, we are taking this time to make your experience with our mapping, application and purchase system much more user friendly. We also are in the process of hiring three additional staff members. These steps will make things for much more efficient and effective staff members and applicants.

If you have submitted an application, please know that we have reviewed them and are awaiting approval by our board.
Our board must approve applications submitted by staff. Due to the COVID19 emergency, Open Meeting guidelines have restricted the business that our board has been able to carry out due to our meetings being held remotely. Feel free to submit additional inquires regarding applications at http://birminghamlandbank.org/contact/ .

We want to see healthy and thriving neighborhoods throughout our city. Our board and staff all grew up or live in the City of Birmingham and completely invested in pushing our City forward.
It takes collaboration across governmental departments and agencies, private sector and you.

We acquire property on demand- meaning, we will begin the acquisition and quiet title process upon your successful completion of the application process.

Address

710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL
35203

General information

JoAnne Burl, General Request Program Montrese Daniels, Side and Adopt-a-Lot Program Eric Fancher, Administrator Contact us at http://birminghamlandbank.org/contact/ Our board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2:00pm on the third floor of City Hall. We will hold monthly informational sessions and will gladly come and visit your organization to meet with members upon request.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(205) 254-2117

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Over ten thousand properties in the City of Birmingham have become unmarketable and, in turn, unusable because the properties are burdened by the piling on of various sorts of government-created liens (tax liens, weed liens, demolition liens, etc.) and/or have clouded titles. Over time, property owners lose interest in maintaining the property because the property becomes a financial liability, rather than an asset. As our neighborhoods accumulate more and more of these unmaintained, tax delinquent properties, our neighborhoods become overwhelmed with blight.

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority has the ability to clear these back taxes, municipal liens and assessments and the authority to institute quiet title actions on properties that are at least five years tax delinquent.

The Land Bank allows for the citizens to take ownership of and improve properties that were previously financially infeasible to acquire.

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