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A look at the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust

Justin Mattingly with has a look at the goals and process of the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust:

The land trust, a nonprofit created in November, would acquire properties from the city and in turn would enter into a 99-year lease with property owners. The trust would own the land, but homeowners would own the structures. Trust officials say that makes the housing more affordable while allowing for more income diversity in neighborhoods.

“Land trusts are a really effective tool for preserving affordability in a neighborhood so you have the mixed-income neighborhoods,” said Nicholas Feucht, a special assistant to Richmond’s deputy chief administrative officer for economic development and planning.

The Maggie Walker land trust hopes to be active in Church Hill and eventually branch out into other neighborhoods across the city.

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Maybe I don’t understand. If you own the structure and not the land, doesn’t that inhibit the homeowner from selling later or limit their potential increase in property values? Would I be paying rent to the landowner in addition to my mortgage? Does leasing the land impact qualifications for a mortgage?


@BAF, yes. That is one of the criticisms of land trusts–that they do not build wealth. But they do keep housing affordable in neighborhoods in which housing prices increase beyond the point of affordability, allowing for a mixed-income, diverse community.


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