Pitcairn Council Approves Borough Joining Land Bank
Land Bank Update
July 12, 2016
Pitcairn Council voted Monday to join a land bank that will work to rehabilitate blighted properties.
The multi-municipality land bank is part of the Steel Valley, Twin Rivers and Turtle Creek Valley councils of governments.
The borough will have to pay about $2,800 to buy into the land bank. After the buy-in, the land bank will take care of paying any liens on property, getting it up to code and reselling it.
Council President Jack Bova said joining the land bank will require little involvement on the borough’s end.
“We want to support the COG and their efforts to get properties renovated,” Bova said.
The borough has been working to clean up blighted properties in the area this year. This could provide an additional resource for that effort.
Liz Kozub, special projects coordinator for the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Government, said five school districts, including Gateway School District, and 19 municipalities have joined the land bank.
“Essentially we have all the legislative bodies that we need to really get this thing formed,” Kozub said. “We’re very excited about that.”
Kozub said Allegheny County recently approved its ordinance allowing the land bank.
The next step will be to form a land bank board along with municipal and school district advisory committees that will make recommendations to the board.
The borough has the opportunity to leave the land bank after one year. If it opts to stay in, it will pay the buy-in fee each year.
Source: Trib Live