Economic Development

Huntington Pledges $10,000 to TNP’s Side Lot Program

WARREN, Ohio – Huntington Bank has pledged $10,000 to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to continue funding of its Side Lot Incentive Program, Matt Martin, executive director of the partnership, announced Tuesday.

A bank representative will formally make the pledge at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at the home of Meredith Bungard, who lives in the southern quadrant of this city. She is a recipient of a $250 gift card to buy tools from Lowes to improve a side lot she acquired from the Trumbull County Land Bank.

Martin said Bungard “has created a backyard oasis out of her side lot,” which the public can view at the open house held there that day.

Under the Side Lot Incentive Program, Huntington buys $250 gift cards from Lowes that residents use to buy tools, materials and other supplies to improve neighboring properties they acquire from the land bank.

This is the fourth year that Huntington has funded the program, Williams Shivers said, noting 135 residents of Warren have been awarded the gift cards. Shivers is Mahoning Valley regional president of the bank.

Residents of Warren who own their own homes can acquire a side lot through the land bank if the property is in foreclosure, Martin said, sometimes for a little as $200.

Those interested in apply for a gift card can do so on the partnership’s home page, tnpwarren.org, or calling the land bank, administered by the partnership, at 330 469 6828.

In previous years, the supply of gift cards – usually 400 – has gone quickly.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.