Design aims to streamline process for stakeholders
The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority recently announced a redesign of its website, providing a more streamlined property search that makes the user experience more efficient for stakeholders.
“Our team is very excited to offer our customers an improved user experience and access to the information they need,” Michigan Land Bank Interim Director Jeff Huntington said. “As we move forward, our team is always on the lookout for ways to improve our operations and ensure we are creating a positive experience for the developers, residents, vendors and local units of government we serve.”
Huntington said the new site provides users a one-stop shop for seeking out Land Bank property by increasing ease of access to key information for property searches, news, events and other resources. The three new features on the website, michigan.gov/LandBank, are:
Engage with Us: Huntington noted the four different pages provide important information for developers, contractors and vendors, residents, and local government. The property search feature is highlighted, and the new design provides resources for developers and vendors and connects individuals with Land Bank staff who can best answer questions.
Available Properties: The improved search tools give visitors information on the more than 2,500 residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties available for purchase. The new panel features property search information and a direct link to the Land Bank’s requests for proposals and qualifications page. Returning property to productive use is the mission of the Michigan Land Bank, Huntington explained, and property disposition plays a key role.
Featured Programs and Promotions: Accessed by clicking on the “Inside the Land Bank” tab, the feature outlines programs and promotions related to blight, property disposition and housing development. When grant programs or similar promotions are available, Huntington said, the Land Bank will post updates accordingly.
With the launch of this new website, the Michigan Land Bank will begin featuring properties on its Facebook page as well. Social media followers can stay up to date on property news, events and promotion launches.
The Michigan Land Bank has demolished more than 3,000 blighted structures and returned almost 2,000 properties back to productive use.