Defiance County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank)


The Defiance County Land Reutilization Corporation (DCLRC), also called the Defiance County Land Bank, was formed in 2019 with a mission to reclaim, rehabilitate, and reutilize vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed, or other real property in the County. The Land Bank Board is made up of two County Commissioners, the County Treasurer, a municipal representative from the largest municipality, and a township representative, as required by the Ohio Revised Code §1724.03.


Board of Directors

David Kern, President

Curt Sigg, Vice President

Vickie Myers, Secretary/Treasurer

Niki Warncke, Appointed Director

Mick Pocratsky, Appointed Director

In the fall of 2019 the Land Bank applied for and received $475,000 to clean up the former SK Hand Tool brownfield site at 135 Hickory Street in Defiance.  The project is funded through the U.S. EPA's Brownfield's program, which was established to help revitalize local economies and protect the environment by transforming properties that may be contaminated by hazardous pollutants so they can be returned to productive use.  The project is currently underway; project updates and community outreach information will be made available at this site.

SK Tool Site Public Notice

On May 4th, 2022 the Defiance County Land Reutilization Corporation (DCLRC) submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) a Proposed Remedial Action Work Plan (Remedial Action Plan) for the former SK Hand Tool facility located at 135 Hickory Street, Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio 43512.  DCLRC is conducting a voluntary action at the property under the RCRA and Voluntary Action Program Memorandum of Agreement Track (the “RCRA AND VAP MOA Track”).  The RAP identifies the activities DCLRC may conduct to comply with applicable standards at the property.

The RAP is available for public review and comment for 30 days from the date of this notice.   Comments may be provided in writing to Ohio EPA, to the attention of: “DERR/VAP District Coordinator”, Ohio EPA, Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  A public meeting will be held at 500 Court Street 2nd Floor Conference Room, Defiance, Ohio 43512 on June 13, 2022 at 12:30pm.  

To review the public notice and the Remedial Action Plan in their entirety, please click below. 


The Defiance County Land Reutilization Corporation recently applied for Ohio Department of Development funds to demolish residential and commercial properties throughout the County. All documentation from interested property owners  was due on January 31, 2022. The land bank is no longer accepting properties to participate in this round of demolition using these grant funds. By participating in this grant program, the Land Bank hopes to inspire reutilization in the region. 

Meeting Schedule


Meetings are typically held monthly on the last Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the E911 Conference Room in the Commissioner's Building. The meetings are open to the public. 


The former SK Hand Tool site, which will be cleaned up using funds awarded through the US EPA's Brownfields program.