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Oct

Cambria Forgives Property Taxes

Share List Taxes owed on 30 Cambria County properties will be forgiven with hopes that they will be sold and re-enter the tax base. The elimination of owed taxes on those properties was approved unanimously by Cambria County commissioners at a Thursday meeting in Patton. They then authorized the county Tax Claim Bureau to dismiss…

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Oct

Westmoreland County Municipalities Can Apply for Money to Raze Blighted Properties

Share List Local municipalities can now submit applications that identify demolition projects to reduce blight throughout Westmoreland County. Officials said the county has banked more than $260,000 to fund the new program to eliminate vacant and dilapidated structures. The money was raised through a $15 fee assessed to deed and mortgage filings. “We are fortunate…

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09Oct

Center for Community Progress Report: ‘Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities’

Share List This Center for Community Progress report offers practical guidance for communities curious about how to leverage the power of creative placemaking to transform vacant properties. It includes a creative placemaking primer and key takeaways based on work conducted over the course of two years. It also explores emerging practices in four communities: Kalamazoo,…

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02Oct

Doorways, Windows to Responsibility

Share List An Editorial from the “Times Tribune” Plywood sheets are not windows or doors, but portals to contagious blight. That’s why Scranton and other communities in Northeast Pennsylvania should emulate a Philadelphia ordinance to fight that blight, which was upheld unanimously Sept. 13 by the state Supreme Court. Philadelphia adopted a “doors and windows”…

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25Sep

State Grants Northumberland County Another $500,000 for Blight

Share List Another $500,000 state grant came to the Housing Authority of Northumberland County on Thursday morning for the county’s continuing fight against blight. It’s the second large grant announcement for the authority since August. State Reps. Kurt Masser, R-107, and Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, announced the Keystone Community Block Grant from the State Department…

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18Sep

Danville Shows How to Fight Blight

Share List Danville is demonstrating how a proactive approach, backed up by practical and enforceable borough ordinances can keep deteriorating properties in check. Danville’s efforts were featured recently during the annual educational conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors in Harrisburg. Under the borough’s property maintenance code, owners of properties identified with maintenance…

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