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Kalamazoo County Land Bank plans clean up of blighted properties

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Thanks to a grant of almost a million dollars from the state, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank will be cleaning up blight and demolishing abandoned structures at 70 properties in the next year. Land Bank Director Kelly Clark says that there are hundreds of properties around the county that were abandoned whole the economy crashed a few years ago.

She says that the county is still diggin its way out of that foreclosure crisis, telling us that there's been a roughly 700 percent increase in tax foreclosures since 2008.

The state grant will enable the county to start catching up on some of these unaccounted for properties. A large portion of them are in the city of Kalamazoo.