The Waterbury Land Bank Authority is a vehicle for supporting broader community development.
The Waterbury Land Bank Authority (“WLB”) works to enhance the quality of life for Waterbury residents. We do this by repurposing vacant lots and structures into new community assets. We work closely with the City of Waterbury, other community nonprofits, and local businesses to catalyze neighborhood investments. Our priorities include infill housing, housing rehabilitation, community greening projects, and expanding Waterbury’s tree canopy. Our work promotes a mix of housing options, reduces blight, and clears dilapidated structures to allow new development.
The mission for the Waterbury Land Bank is “To strengthen neighborhoods by returning distressed property to productive use, promoting economic development, increasing real property values, and improving the quality of life for Waterbury residents.”
WLB Seeking Grant Writer
The Waterbury Land Bank Authority is seeking a qualified grant writer to hire as a consultant or as a part-time employee to assist our staff in writing grants. Our future endeavors will require that we write grant applications to lending institutions, as well as, municipal agencies, and CT State, and Federal resources. Our grant requests will be geared towards real estate acquisitions, housing rehabilitation projects, housing development projects, community development programs, not for profit capacity building, community education initiatives, first time home buyer initiatives, and strategic planning. This is a great opportunity for a creative thinker, with potential for the position to evolve into a full-time employment opportunity. If this opportunity interests you or if there are any questions, please contact our office at (203) 721-6958 for more information. Grant writing experience is required.
WLB Properties For Sale
Waterbury Land Bank Authority has acquired real property from the City of Waterbury. These properties are now available via our Side Lot Program and via an application to bid process. Please see our web pages for descriptions of our programs and for the properties available. The properties page also explains the Land Banks priorities, sales process, and buyer requirements.
If you're interested in purchasing a property from the Waterbury Land Bank Authority, please create a user account and complete an application to bid on the property of interest which is posted. When the WLB has completed a review of your application, we will contact you with further instructions. Applications are not contracts or sales agreements; they are solely opportunities to bid.
The WLB priority for the disposition of property is homeownership opportunities to those who wish to reside in the homes they purchase from the WLB. Please see further discussion of the priorities, process, and restrictions on our web page.
NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE WE WORK
The Waterbury Land Bank Authority geographical target is the City of Waterbury.
Our overall objectives include:
- To develop in-fill housing that increases the supply of affordable housing and increases community equity for new owner-occupants.
- To reduce density in neighborhoods through strategic demolition of blighted properties, therefore, providing more air, light, and space between properties.
- To promote housing rehabilitation, creating more affordable housing or better living conditions for Waterbury residents.
- To convert vacant lots into useable space such as off-street accessory parking, or community gardens for residents to produce healthy foods where food scarcity may exist.
- To increase the urban tree canopy and improve the natural resiliency by planting native trees and shrubs on selected non-developable land slivers.
- To promote our Side Lot Program and sell or transfer vacant lots (land slivers and others) to responsible adjoining property owners.
Our activities will predominantly serve “disproportionately impacted” or “impacted” neighborhood areas or households.
“Disproportionately impacted” households include households earning less than 40% of area median income (AMI) or households at 150% of poverty guidelines.
“Impacted” households include households earning less than 65% the area median income or households at 300% of poverty guidelines.
Area Median Income, or AMI, is a statistic published HUD that estimates the median wealth of households in a specific area. AMI is used to determine qualification for a variety of housing programs, including Section 8 programs, as well as to determine eligibility for LIHTC credits.
The Waterbury Land Bank has identified 13 neighborhoods close to downtown, where incidences of blighted and dilapidated housing appear to be are greatest. The map illustration shows the neighborhoods in Waterbury, and the highlighted neighborhoods are those which the WLB will initially target including: Berkely Heights, Brooklyn*, Crownbrook*, Hillside*, Hopeville (north end), New PAC*, North End, Overlook (southern half), South End*, Washington Hill *, Waterville, Willow Plaza*, and WOW*.
Neighborhoods noted by “*” are those where the city and its partners have been actively working on community revitalization and where we believe WLB’s activities can enhance the durability and success of those efforts.
For additional information on Waterbury neighborhoods: https://www.thewaterbury.com/living-in-waterbury-ct/waterbury-neighborhoods
Click the highlighted neighborhoods on the map to see details about each neighborhood. This information will be expanded upon as we work closely with neighborhood associations and residents.
Our community minded City is supported by the Neighborhood Council and its related Neighborhood Associations. Contact information for the Neighborhood Associations can be found here: Neighborhood Association Contacts
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