Banking on the Future: Restoring Abandoned and Blighted Properties

Park Forest's Director of Economic Development Hildy Kingma. (Photo: VOPF)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- When a property is abandoned and needs serious repair, the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority is a resource used by about thirty local communities to restore the property and provide affordable housing to a resident. 

Founded in 2012 by an intergovernmental agreement among Park Forest, Oak Forest and Blue Island, the Land Bank has become a key redevelopment tool for both commercial and residential properties throughout the south suburbs.  Hildy Kingma, Park Forest Director of Economic Development, is . . .

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