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Center for Community Progress

May 17, 2012

Kansas City Business Journal

Missouri lawmakers pass bill supporting land banks

The Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday passed land bank legislation that would let Kansas City buy and sell swaths of abandoned land.

The Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corp. hailed the passage of the land bank bill, calling it the culmination of two years of work to get lawmakers to agree to the measure.

“The passage of this important legislation is a victory for Kansas City residents as we all continue to seek solutions that reduce the number of vacant and abandoned properties in the urban core,” Julie Porter, executive director of Greater Kansas City LISC, said in a written statement.

Greater Kansas City LISC estimates there are 12,000 abandoned properties in the area.

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