Erie land bank board conducts first meeting

By Kevin Flowers

Published: April 18, 2017

The Erie Land Bank, aimed at fighting blight, is officially up and running.

The land bank’s five-member board of directors conducted its first meeting at Erie City Hall on Monday afternoon. During the meeting, the board elected officers and adopted its bylaws, and started preliminary discussions on how it plans to move forward with projects, said Chris Mong, the city’s director of economic and community development.

Mong is a member of the land bank board.

The other members are T.J. Sandell, a business agent with Plumbers Local 27 who is also a member of the Erie Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors; Trevor Thompson, a real estate agent with Erie’s Coldwell Banker Select Realtors; Erie School Director Ed Brzezinski, a real estate agent/broker and appraiser; and Erie attorney J.W. Alberstadt.

At Monday’s meeting, Sandell was elected chairman of the board, and Thompson will serve as vice chairman. Mong was elected board secretary, and Brzezinski will serve as treasurer. Alberstadt was elected assistant secretary.

Through a land bank, communities obtain unencumbered title to and manage properties, many of them vacant or dilapidated, that might have municipal liens or unpaid property taxes.

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