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24Jul

Lancaster City Land Bank starts up

Share List By: Tim Stuhldreher, LancasterOnline Published July 21, 2017 The Lancaster City Land Bank officially began operations this week, giving the city a new option for turning abandoned properties into occupied homes and thriving businesses. Created last year, the land bank will acquire abandoned and tax-delinquent properties in order to rehabilitate them and return…

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19Jul

Editorial: Taxpayers bear blight’s costs

Share List By: Scranton Times Tribune Published: July 14, 2017 Quantifying the true cost of blight is probably incalculable, but a new survey helps illustrate part of the public burden. Blight costs Lackawanna County $1.4 million annually in lost tax revenue and costs Luzerne County$1.8 million, according to a new study by the Institute for…

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11Jul

‘We’re coming for you’; Shamokin mayor issues warning to owners of blighted properties

Share List By: Larry Deklinski, Shamokin News Item Published: July 11, 2017 SHAMOKIN — Mayor William Milbrand issued a stern warning to people who fail to maintain their property: “We’re coming for you.” Milbrand told people in attendance at a city council meeting Monday that anyone with outstanding warrants will be taken into “physical custody”…

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Jul

Turning Information into Insight

Share List By: The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University Published: July 2017 The Institute’s Housing Task Force recently completed work on Measuring the Economic Impact of Blight in Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties The study estimates that blight causes Lackawanna County to lose $1.4 million annually in tax revenue while Luzerne…

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Jul

Irwin takes steps to get rid of blight

Share List By: Anne Cloonan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: Jun 30, 2017 Irwin officials soon will have more tools to use to get some residents and landlords to better maintain their properties. Council has voted to have borough solicitor Zach Kansler create a Quality of Life ordinance that would enable Irwin’s code officer to issue tickets and…

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June Land Bank Call

Recorded: June 22, 2017

Hear from Schuylkill and Lackawanna counties on the funding and start up of their land banks.

Presenters include:

Chris Gulotta, Principal, The Gulotta Group, LLC
Ian Mahal, Member of Mineresville Borough Council and Secretary-Treasurer of the Schuylkill Land Bank Board
George Kelly, Director, Lackawanna County Economic Development and Planning

Additional item: SB 667 expands the powers of land banks to redevelopment authorities.

David Hunter, Policy Director, Housing Alliance of PA, provides an overview of the legislation, feedback that land bank practitioners are providing to the bill sponsor, Sen. Stefano (R-Fayette), and next steps.

Lackawanna County Land Bank
Schuylkill County Land Bank Slides PP 6-22-2017
SB 667 Land Bank Powers Expansion Bill a

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