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We are a catalyst for change.

Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for transforming distressed properties into community assets.

No, we are not a bank. We are a local, governmental, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization—your friends and community members—working to acquire vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties throughout Omaha and either renovate or demolish for future use and growth. These properties have been neglected and rejected by the open market, allowing us to eliminate their liabilities and transfer them to new owners in a manner most supportive of local needs and priorities.

Read our plan

Our Programs

Buy/Sell/Donate

Want to tackle a renovation or build something brand new? Have a property you’d like to get rid of? Let’s chat!

Learn about our process

Adopt-a-Lot

Your opportunity to create a garden or green space for your community – all for just $25 per year.

How to adopt a lot

Tax Lien

Let’s collaborate! We can help our non-profit partners invest in tax lien certificates to obtain great properties at minimal cost.

Learn about tax liens

Depository

We team with non-profit partners to hold property tax-free for up to five years, until it’s time for development.

Deposit a property

Land Assembly

Looking for the perfect spot for your next development? We do all the background work and even prep the site for you.

Let's get started

Demolitions

For properties that cannot be restored, demolition removes a danger from the neighborhood and makes way for new businesses and community assets.

Learn about the demo initiative
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Board Meetings

Our board meetings are open to the public and are held at 9 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Omaha Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street in the Jesse Lowe Conference Room on the 3rd floor. We’ll see you there!

Meeting Materials Archive

Who We Are

Our board members and staff work every day to help transform our community.

Our Staff

Marty Barnhart

Executive Director

402-800-1235 office

402-990-4243 mobile

The Executive Director guides our strategic direction, maintains key partnerships and manages financial affairs. Get in touch with Marty if you want to collaborate!

Mary Wells

Acquisitions Director

402-800-1236 office

402-350-0808 mobile

The Acquisitions Director oversees acquisitions, values, sales, and client relationships. Mary is a licensed Real Estate Sales Agent, certified in Real Estate Investments. Give Mary a call if you’re ready to make a deal!

Laura Heilman

Communications Director

402-800-1238 office

The Communications Director oversees all communication and branding and serves as a community liaison. Contact Laura if you want to learn more about the Land Bank!

Dave Schreiner

Investment Director

402-800-1239 office

Dave serves as both Director of the LRC and Investment Director for the Land Bank. Contact Dave if you want to purchase LRC properties or are a non-profit interested in investing in tax lien foreclosures.

Juan Mancinas-Rangel

Executive Administrative Assistant

402-800-1240 office

Juan has a strong customer service and administrative background and will be happy to help you out or put you in touch with the right person on our team!

Our Board Members

Our Board Members provide a wealth of knowledge in various fields related to real estate and community development. The Board is comprised of seven voting Board Members (one from each City Council District), the Director of the Planning Department and additional non-voting members. All Board Members are appointed by the Mayor. We are lucky to have these talented individuals working on our behalf!

Robert Woodling

President, Foundations Development LLC

Board Chair

Voting Member - District 6

Randall Lenhoff

CEO, Seldin Company

Board Vice Chair

Voting Member - District 5

Estela Torres

Realtor, Keller Williams Realty

Board Treasurer

Voting Member - District 4

Thomas McLeay

President, Clarity Development Company

Board Member

Voting Member - District 1

VACANCY

Board Member

Voting Member - District 2

John Heine

Commercial Real Estate Broker, Investors Realty Inc

Board Member

Voting Member - District 3

Michael Riedmann

President of Residential Sales, NP Dodge Real Estate

Board Member

Voting Member - District 7

Dave Fanslau

Planning Director, City of Omaha

Board Member

Non-Voting Ex-Officio Member

Diane Battiato

Assessor/Register of Deeds, Douglas County

Board Member

Non-Voting

Ben Gray

Omaha City Council President, City of Omaha

Board Member

Non-Voting

John Lindsay

Sr. Analyst, First National Bank of Omaha

Board Member

Non-Voting

Our Donors

Thank you to our amazing donors, who believe in our vision and support our efforts to build a stronger community - we couldn't do our work without them.

Our Partners

We believe in collaboration: we work with community partners in order to leverage individual strengths, share assets and achieve broader goals than we could on our own.