Fighting Blight: Tri-COG Land Bank Buys Properties & Plans to Return Them to Productive Use

In a half-empty room in the Allegheny County Courthouse at the conclusion of a monthly sheriff’s sale Monday, the Tri-COG Land Bank purchased two properties.

The moment might have seemed anticlimactic, but the parcels were the first purchased by a land bank in Allegheny County, the culmination of years of work by land bank members.

“It’s exciting. This is a new chapter for us,” said An Lewis, executive director of the Tri-COG Land Bank, who has been working on the issue for about seven years.

Land banks aim to take vacant and tax-delinquent parcels and return them to productive use.

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