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23Oct

Westmoreland Land Bank Sells 70th Property as it Acquires its 100th

The 70 th property to be sold by the Westmoreland County Land Bank is a single-family dwelling in Jeannette, tucked away from the road a bit. The property, once weed-covered and unkempt, is newly remodeled and looks ready for a family to move in.

“This home is a doll house!” proclaims a listing on several real estate websites.

The pending sale is a milestone for the Land Bank, founded in 2014, and a sign that its Homeownership Program is working, said spokeswoman Shelby Michalek.

“It was pretty much a full rehab, with new wiring and everything,” Michalek said. “We make sure they are ready to move into for the new resident, so they have to do minimal work.”

Through the program, the Land Bank renovates residential properties and makes them available to low- to moderate-income families. Michalek declined to identify the buyer in the most recent sale.

The Jeannette house was the sixth to be sold through the program, although a closing date has not yet been set. A seventh Land Bank home is located at 416 Wayne Ave. in the Academy Hill Historic District in Greensburg, and is currently listed for $58,000, Michalek said.

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