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Land Banks and Conservatorship: Connecticut's New Tools to Stabilize Neighborhoods

13 November 2019

Event Details:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
2:30PM – 4:30PM: Program
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Wine Reception
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 

Register or Donate Here. Register early as seats are limited.


Please join the Partnership for Strong Communities for our third IForum of the 2019 series, “Land Banks and Conservatorship: Connecticut’s New Tools to Stabilize Neighborhoods.”

Blighted properties can seem an intractable problem to our cities and towns. They destabilize neighborhoods, create safety concerns, and diminish local property values reducing local tax revenues. Now, Connecticut has two new tools to fight blight and stabilize neighborhoods: Land Banks and Conservatorship.  

The new land banking law allows Connecticut municipalities to establish land bank authorities. With authority to acquire and maintain blighted properties, land banks stabilize properties before transferring them to responsible ownership and productive use aligned with community priorities and local land use goals.  

Conservatorship, also known as receivership, is another new tool to return blighted properties to productive use. A “receiver” is a person or entity endowed by the court to take control of a property to rehabilitate or otherwise dispose of it.  

Land Banks and Conservatorship are valuable tools to restore vacant, abandoned, blighted, and tax-delinquent properties to productive use. This IForum will provide an overview of the new laws, and explore how land banks and receivership can be used to expand quality affordable housing in Connecticut.



Laura Settlemyer
Director of Blight Remediation & Housing Code Enforcement, City of Hartford

Dave Foster

Principal, Community Solutions

With Discussion Including

Melvyn Colon
Executive Director, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA)

Kiley Gosselin
Executive Director, Partnership for Strong Communities


For more information contact Kayleigh Pratt, Senior Policy Analyst, Partnership for Strong Communities at 860-244-0066 or

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Events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome! A donation of any amount at registration or at the door will help to defray the costs of offering these public events.


Please consider carpooling or utilizing the public transportation system. CT Transit Buses 61, 63 and 69 all have stops close to the Lyceum. Also, CTfastrak's Sigourney Street Station is about a 15-minute walk to the Lyceum. Bicycle parking is available toward the back of the Lyceum's left-side parking lot.