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12Mar

Our Town Donates $10,000: Money Given to Land Bank Following Mayor Pacifico’s Request

Share List Altoona Mirror Operation Our Town is donating $10,000 to the new Altoona land bank. The money could pay for acquisition of a “demonstration property” that would show how the land bank can put distressed real estate “back in the hands of people who will fix (it) up and re-use (it),” said Lee Slusser, the city’s community development…

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05Mar

Council Mulls Code Ordinance Update

Share List New Castle News New Castle city council introduced an ordinance to update rental property regulations and eliminate blight within the city during last week’s meeting. The proposed ordinance includes adoption of the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code. The ordinance would establish minimum requirements for the maintenance of existing buildings. Code department supervisor Patrick McGuire…

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26Feb

From Blight to Bright: Modern, Energy-Efficient Apartment Complex Replaces Deteriorated School in Roxbury

Share List The Tribune-Democrat An etched stone sign still reads “Public School” at the corner of Roxbury Avenue and Sell Street. But now that sign serves as a gateway to a modern apartment building. Featuring 43 units, Roxbury Place is the first new development of its size within the city in decades – and also…

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29Jan

Blair Funds to Tackle Blight

Share List Altoona Mirror In Sep­tember 2017, the costs of recording a mortgage and deed went up by $7.50 in Blair County to fund what commissioners said would be a revenue source to address blighted properties. Now that the fund has accumulated about $66,000, commissioners are reviewing proposed guidelines that if adopted, will permit up…

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22Jan

Erie Fights Blight

Share List Go Erie From where Scott Henry sits — directing one of the lead agencies charged with controlling blight and razing dilapidated properties in the city of Erie — this year is almost certain to bring plenty of work his way. One reason is the launch of a first-of-its-kind agreement between the city and…

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20Nov

How to Fund Land Banks

Share List Shelterforce recently published an article detailing how land banks across the country fund their activities. While many former industrial cities and rural communities have struggled with systemic vacancy and abandonment for decades, the 2008 housing crisis wrecked neighborhoods in virtually every corner of the nation. As local and state officials in urban, suburban,…

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