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Defiance County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank)

500 W. Second St., Suite 101                (419) 782-8741
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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

Property Demolition 

The Land Bank has access to grant funds for demolition activities throughout Defiance County. If you have a property that needs to be demolished please fill out the forms below and submit to Maumee Valley Planning Organization to formally express your interest. 

U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant

The Defiance County Land Reutilization Corporation (DCLRC) intends to apply for a U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant for the former Zeller property located at 1307 Baltimore Street, Defiance, OH 43512. If awarded, these grant dollars will be used for the cleanup of hazardous substances at the site. The DCLRC is seeking any public input related to the grant application. Comments, questions and concerns can be sent to Vickie Myers at Otherwise, members of the public are invited to any of our monthly meetings to share their feedback. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at 11:00 am in the E911 Conference Room in the Defiance Co. Commissioner's Building. 

A few documents are available for the public's review, linked below:

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 31st at 11:00am in the E911 Conference Room at the Commissioner's Building to collect feedback. As the grant is due November 13th, 2023, you are encouraged to share your feedback no later than the date and time of the public hearing 

Demolition Contractors

If you are a demolition contractor and would like to bid on any future demolition projects, you must be pre-qualified. Complete the demolition pre-qualification form found on the Bids & RFQs Tab


There are currently no properties for sale. 


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.


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

Meeting Schedule


Meetings are typically held monthly on the last Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the E911 Conference Room in the Commissioner's Building. The meetings are open to the public. 

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