Land Bank Incubator Project

The Adirondacks are facing a housing crisis and Land Banks are one productive tool to create more attainable housing units for year-round residents in the region. Land Banks exist to acquire, manage, maintain, and repurpose properties in a manner consistent with the communities’ values and needs.


Building Vibrant Communities

Land Banks strategically acquire problem properties and revive them for the best community use, not just resell to the highest bidder. Essentially, land banks acquire problem properties, eliminate liabilities, and transfer the properties to new, responsible owners in a transparent manner that results in outcomes consistent with community-based plans. 

Land Banks can also accept donated land and buildings and work with communities and developers to create build spaces that will better serve local needs. At their best, land banks can overcome some of the most difficult barriers to returning properties to productive use and convert them into assets for community revitalization.

The Land Bank Project’s goal is to address the affordable housing shortage for low and middle income families in the Adirondacks by taking a lead role in catalyzing the development of a regional land bank.

AdkAction is creating a working group that will meet regularly, host informational webinars featuring land bank experts, targeted at local elected officials and other leaders who we hope will become interested in coordinating to apply for a NYS Land Bank slot through Empire State Development. 

We believe that forming a regional Land Bank is a vital step to create more attainable housing units for year-round residents of the Adirondacks and contribute to a more sustainable economic future.

Our Progress

pounds of food waste and other organics composted
pounds of greenhouse gas emissions prevented
community-scale composting sites created in the North Country

Support this project 

Help establish a Land Bank for the Adirondacks by directing your gift to the project fund.

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