About KCLB

Our Mission

The mission of the Kingston City Land Bank is to foster an equitable community where vacant or distressed properties are transformed into community assets that improve the quality of life for Kingston residents, stabilize and enhance neighborhoods, and create new pathways for social and economic development.

What a Land Bank Does

The Kingston City Land Bank is a New York State Authority enabled by Chapter 257 of the Laws of 2011, Article 16 of the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law – the “Land Bank Act”.


A land bank…

Acquires Properties

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Maintains Properties

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Disposes of Properties

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Step 1: Acquisition
A land bank acquires distressed and abandoned properties.

The land bank acquires foreclosed properties from the city by paying the back taxes and filing transfer documents to take title to the properties.

Land banks have special powers to clear titles, allowing properties to be more efficiently disposed of.

The Land Bank will post details of the acquisition online for the public.

Step 2: Maintenance
A land bank maintains its properties.

The land bank stabilizes, maintains, addresses environmental issues and renovates to varying degrees each of these properties.

Once the Land Bank becomes the legal owners, we will be immediately responsible for all property maintenance, security, insurance, etc.

Step 3: Disposition
A land bank disposes of these properties to qualified buyers to support community goals via a transparent process.

The land bank sells, leases or otherwise transfers the properties to meet community needs.

We hope to support the creation of accessible housing, green space, and other proposed uses with significant community benefits.

Program Pathways

We work to create affordable housing opportunities and community assets via a mix of the following four Program Pathways.

kclb pathways to purchasing a home: pathway 1 development of affordable housing by kclb, pathway 2: joint venture partnerships for the production of affordable housing, Pathway 3: sale of as is or stabilized property for the production of afforable housing, pathway 4: sale of properties for community good. these pathways leading to community icon with text that says : establishment of community assets that improve the quality of life for Kingston residents, stabilize and enhance neighborhoods, and create new pathways for social and economic development

kclb pathways to purchasing a home: pathway 1 development of affordable housing by kclb, pathway 2: joint venture partnerships for the production of affordable housing, Pathway 3: sale of as is or stabilized property for the production of afforable housing, pathway 4: sale of properties for community good. these pathways leading to community icon with text that says : establishment of community assets that improve the quality of life for Kingston residents, stabilize and enhance neighborhoods, and create new pathways for social and economic development