The Waterbury Land Bank Authority is a vehicle for supporting broader community development.
The Waterbury Land Bank Authority (“WLB”) works to enhance the quality of life for Waterbury residents. We do this by repurposing vacant lots and structures into new community assets. We work closely with the City of Waterbury, other community nonprofits, and local businesses to catalyze neighborhood investments. Our priorities include infill housing, housing rehabilitation, community greening projects, and expanding Waterbury’s tree canopy. Our work promotes a mix of housing options, reduces blight, and clears dilapidated structures to allow new development.
The mission for the Waterbury Land Bank is “To strengthen neighborhoods by returning distressed property to productive use, promoting economic development, increasing real property values, and improving the quality of life for Waterbury residents.”
The Waterbury Land Bank Authority is currently seeking a qualified grant writer to hire as a consultant or on a part time basis to assist in writing grants to lending institutions, as well as City, State, and Federal sources. Our grant requests will be geared towards Land Bank programs, Land Bank projects including infill housing development and housing rehabilitation, Land Bank capacity building, and Community engagement or education. Please contact us at (203) 721-6958 for more information.
Waterbury Land Bank Authority (WLB) is in the process of acquiring City of Waterbury properties. Once these properties are under WLB ownership, they will be available for purchase.
The WLB's process on selling these properties will be via our Side Lot Program (described on our website) and via a bid process which includes, not only a price to purchase, but an intended use for the property.
If you're interested in purchasing a property from the Waterbury Land Bank Authority, please create a user account and complete an application to bid on the property. When the WLB has completed a review of your application, we will contact you with further instructions. Applications are not contracts or sales agreements; they are solely bids.
The WLB is strongly encouraging home ownership opportunities to those who wish to reside in the homes they purchase from the WLB.
NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE WE WORK
The Waterbury Land Bank Authority geographical target is the City of Waterbury.
Our overall objectives include:
- To develop in-fill housing that increases the supply of affordable housing and increases community equity for new owner-occupants.
- To reduce density in neighborhoods through strategic demolition of blighted properties, therefore, providing more air, light, and space between properties.
- To promote housing rehabilitation, creating more affordable housing or better living conditions for Waterbury residents.
- To convert vacant lots into useable space such as off-street accessory parking, or community gardens for residents to produce healthy foods where food scarcity may exist.
- To increase the urban tree canopy and improve the natural resiliency by planting native trees and shrubs on selected non-developable land slivers.
- To promote our Side Lot Program and sell or transfer vacant lots (land slivers and others) to responsible adjoining property owners.
Our activities will predominantly serve “disproportionately impacted” or “impacted” neighborhood areas or households.
“Disproportionately impacted” households include households earning less than 40% of area median income (AMI) or households at 150% of poverty guidelines.
“Impacted” households include households earning less than 65% the area median income or households at 300% of poverty guidelines.
Area Median Income, or AMI, is a statistic published HUD that estimates the median wealth of households in a specific area. AMI is used to determine qualification for a variety of housing programs, including Section 8 programs, as well as to determine eligibility for LIHTC credits.
The Waterbury Land Bank has identified 13 neighborhoods close to downtown, where incidences of blighted and dilapidated housing appear to be are greatest. The map illustration shows the neighborhoods in Waterbury, and the highlighted neighborhoods are those which the WLB will initially target including: Berkely Heights, Brooklyn*, Crownbrook*, Hillside*, Hopeville (north end), New PAC*, North End, Overlook (southern half), South End*, Washington Hill *, Waterville, Willow Plaza*, and WOW*.
Neighborhoods noted by “*” are those where the city and its partners have been actively working on community revitalization and where we believe WLB’s activities can enhance the durability and success of those efforts.
Click the highlighted neighborhoods on the map to see details about each neighborhood. This information will be expanded upon as we work closely with neighborhood associations and residents.