MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio-The Muskingum County Land Bank met Tuesday with the Zanesville Minority Business Network.
The two entities hope to team to buy and restore properties in Zanesville. They are already well on the way to making the partnership official.
“We had discussions with the board on a partnership with the Zanesville Minority Business Network on rehabbing some houses that have fallen into disrepair. The board had conversations with Tony Bynum and they were trying to work something out. I think we’re heading in the right direction to actually get a house into their hands,” Land Bank Executive Director Andy Roberts said.
The Minority Business Network focuses on helping businesses that have fewer than 15 employees and are majority owned by minorities. The Land Bank has the resources to meet specific needs the organization has in housing.
“The houses that we end up with are usually in the worst repair and they are the ones that are close to being demolished. So what we are trying to do, along with the efforts of the city, and through other nonprofits, is to get these houses fixed back up and back into the housing stock instead of just continuing to demolish them,” Roberts continued.
Houses that have already been refurbished by the Land Bank can be viewed and applied for purchase through their website.