Land Bank Moves Forward in Fort Scott
Land Bank Update
February 3, 2021
Source: Fort Scott Biz
At a Feb. 1 meeting, the newly formed Fort Scott Land Bank voted on the acquisition of 10 N. National Ave.
“This first acquisition marks a historic step for the Fort Scott Land Bank,” City Manager Jeremy Frazier said. ” It is important to note that this could not have been possible without the visionary leadership of the city commission and the hard work of many key employees such as Community Development Manager Allison Turvey and many others.”
Frazier’s first official day on the job as city manager was Feb. 1.
“The city would also like to express its appreciation to the principal owners of J&S Properties and Earth Always for allowing the Fort Scott Land Bank to acquire this property,” he said. ” When asked why the acquisition was allowed to proceed, the owner noted that first, he felt that this would be the best way to preserve the historic building on behalf of the community of Fort Scott, its residents, and the downtown business community. Second, he expressed that he had great faith and optimism in the current city commission and myself to make the best use of this acquisition in a way that would benefit and improve the community.”
The owner donated the property.
“His generosity has breathed life into the Fort Scott Land Bank which was once only a plan and now is reality,” Frazier said. Thank you J&S Properties and Earth Always. We have high hopes for this building and its location in the future.”
The Fort Scott Land Bank is an independent instrument of the city with the responsibility to efficiently buy, hold, manage, and transform surplus city properties and other underutilized or distressed properties to turn these properties into productive use, according to Allyson Turvey, the newly appointed manager.
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