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Wade Kapszukiewicz
Treasurer
One Government Center
Suite 500
Toledo, OH  43604
(419) 213-4305
treasurer@co.lucas.oh.us

Wade Kapszukiewicz is the Lucas County Treasurer and the Chairman of the Lucas County Land Bank, which battles the problems of vacant & abandoned properties. In 2014, The Toledo City Paper named him one of its “Big Idea Toledoans” in recognition of the Land Bank’s accomplishments. Prior to election as Treasurer, he served on the Lucas County School Board and Toledo City Council. Wade and his wife Sarah live in the Old Orchard neighborhood of Toledo and have two children: Emma, 12, and Will, 9.

4th Quarter Economic Report Shows Mixed Data

3/20/2017 5:37:49 PM

I just released my report on the health of the economy for the 4th quarter of 2016.  At both the local and national levels, the results were mixed.  You can view a summary of the report by clicking here, or you can read the full report by clicking here.






Work Begins on Pythian Castle

2/22/2017 3:48:08 PM

Taking advantage of record-setting temperatures, workers began making renovations to the historic Pythian Castle last week.  The project represents the first improvements that have been made to the building in over 20 years, and this story from WTOL-Channel 11 shows some scenes of what is happening inside the 127-year-old structure.  I was able to snap a few photos, as well, and I have attached them below.  Like many Toledoans, I am excited to see this jewel of downtown restored to its original glory!








3rd Quarter Economic Data Mostly Positive, But Spike in Local Unemployment is a Concern

12/7/2016 6:00:18 PM

I released my report on the health of the economy for the 3rd quarter of 2016, and while the news was mostly positive, a sharp spike in local unemployment is worth keeping an eye on.  Click here to read a summary of the report and here to read the complete report.






Historic Pythian Castle to be Redeveloped

12/6/2016 3:31:22 PM

Though the Land Bank's tools are most commonly used to address the problems of blight in residential neighborhoods, there are times when we can also play an important role in economic development.  Today's exciting news is proof.

As this story in The Blade explains, the Land Bank has sold the Pythian Castle to Water Street Development LLC with the expectation that the 126-year-old historic structure will be rehabilitated and converted into commercial, retail & residential space.  This will be a huge win for the community, since one of the area's most historic structures will not only be preserved, but it will also serve as an economic anchor in a part of Toledo's downtown that is trying to reinvent itself.

Water Street Development has a unique talent for revitalizing historic structures in downtown Toledo, and the Pythian Castle would be another feather in its cap.  Although vacant for over 40 years, the structure is an architectural marvel and one of the most significant structures in the core of our community.  The Blade has editorialized that the deal is "worth a try."

I am excited that the Land Bank could play a role in this economic development project!






Land Bank Receives Additional $1.9m to Fight Blight

10/24/2016 5:47:01 PM

More great news in the fight against blight in Toledo!  As this story in The Blade explains, the Lucas County Land Bank received an additional $1.9 million from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to address the problems associated with vacant & abandoned homes.  The funding, which comes from the Hardest Hit Fund established by the U.S. Congress in 2010, will allow us to keep or exceed our pledge to demolish or rehab one vacant & abandoned property per day -- every day -- for the next 4 years. 

Ninety days have passed since the Land Bank made its "1,500 in 1,500" promise -- a commitment to demolish or renovate 1,500 properties over the next 1,500 days.  So far, we are ahead of schedule: in the last 90 days, the Land Bank has demolished 96 properties and helped renovate 18 more, bringing the total number of vacant & abandoned properties to 114.  The $15.7 million the Land Bank has now received from the Hardest Hit Fund will allow us to stay on schedule to finish our work by the "promise date" of August 31, 2020.

WTOL also did a story on the additional $1.9 million grant, and it can be viewed by clicking here.






Lucas County Attends RVP Conference in Baltimore

10/20/2016 3:10:56 PM

The Land Bank staff had a great time in Baltimore at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference hosted by the Center for Community Progress.  We shared some of our experiences, learned new ideas, and networked with other activists who are trying to make a difference in their communities.  Having attended the very first RVP conference in Pittsburgh in 2007, it was great to see how much the movement has grown!






Land Bank Hosts Mini "Parade of Homes"

9/15/2016 10:31:35 AM

The Lucas County Land Bank held an Open House for four of its properties last weekend in an effort to promote rehabilitation of vacant and abandoned homes in our community.  Four properties were open from 11 am - 1 pm on Saturday, with at least one of the properties having a line of potential buyers waiting outside the home before the showing even began.  Land Bank staff and local realtors were present at each location in order to answer questions.

The Land Bank has helped rehab over 400 properties, and these projects have pumped $10 million of private investment into our neighborhoods.  The Blade story on this mini "Parade of Homes" can be found by clicking here, and the story that ran on WTVG-13ABC can be found by clicking here.