Land bank gets new director, seeks advisors

city-hallThe Land Bank, launched a year ago to help find responsible owners for abandoned and blighted property, has a new director and is looking for community members to join its advisory board.

The land bank has an inventory of more than 3,000 properties currently available within the city limits, including houses and buildings, side lots and vacant lots.

Ted Anderson, who has worked for the city attorney’s office for 13 years, has been selected to replace Director David Park, who is retiring.  For the past 13 years Anderson has worked in the City Attorney’s Office.

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At the City Attorney’s Office, Anderson’s responsibilities included collecting demolition liens on dangerous buildings for the first few years. Since then, his practice has centered on real estate acquisition for public projects through the use of eminent domain as well as negotiation and purchase. From 2005 to 2008, he also managed Kansas City’s right of way office. He earned his undergraduate degree in mass communication and a J.D. with an emphasis in real estate law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Park, who began working for the City shortly after graduating from college in 1979, is retiring after more than 35 years. He rose through the ranks to serve as a department director and as the first executive director of the Land Bank. Park is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

The Kansas City Land Bank Commission is seeking applicants to join its new Land Bank Board of Advisors. The commission hopes to select between five and 15 residents who represent diverse Kansas City neighborhood and homeowner associations and who work in the construction/remodeling, real estate, banking, marketing and urban planning professions.

Once established, the Board of Advisors will use their expertise to make recommendations and improvements to the Land Bank.

Interested residents may download a Board of Advisors application by visiting and selecting “About Us.”

For more information about the Land Bank, please call 816-513-9020 or visit

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