PITTSBURGH – COUNTY EXECUTIVE RICH FITZGERALD ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE 2017 SIDE YARD AND BLIGHTED STRUCTURE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS OPENED. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES APPLICANTS IN 50 MUNICIPALITIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE VACANT LOTS AND STRUCTURES AT A DISCOUNTED COST THROUGH THE VACANT PROPERTY RECOVERY PROGRAM.
“We’re delighted to be able to again offer this program to our residents. The Vacant Property Recovery Program helps neighbors and municipalities by helping to take vacant, blighted properties and put them back into use as side yards, other development or even as parks and green space,” said Fitzgerald. “From 2015 to 2016, the program received 620 applications, accepted 246 properties and conveyed 164 properties to new owners. That effort, in turn, improves the safety of neighborhoods, eliminates maintenance costs to municipalities, and encourages community reinvestment.”
Allegheny County will accept applications from individuals, businesses, non-profits or government entities to acquire vacant properties in 50 municipalities which currently participate in the Vacant Property Recovery Program. Those communities are:
|East McKeesport||Edgewood||Elizabeth Township|
|Neville||North Fayette||North Versailles|
|South Versailles||Swissvale||Turtle Creek|
|Versailles||West Deer||West Homestead|
|West Mifflin||West View||Whitaker|
Applications must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2017. Up to 60 applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis with only five applications accepted per municipality in order to ensure that all may participate. Applicants must be current on taxes, water, sewage and refuse bills on all properties owned in Allegheny County. Applicants may not have any outstanding code violations or municipal liens on any properties.
“We’re proud to play a part in helping municipalities redevelop and revitalize their neighborhoods by offering this program through Economic Development. Based on the number of applications over the past two years, there is real demand for the program,” said Robert Hurley, Director of Economic Development. “We know that communities which take advantage of the program for their residents see
a significant improvement in those neighborhoods where the vacant property is converted. Our hope is that even more municipalities join the program moving forward.”
Enrollment in the Vacant Property Recovery Program is open to municipalities throughout Allegheny County and currently includes 69 municipalities. Discounts similar to the 2017 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program are available on an ongoing basis to the other 19 municipalities that currently participate in the program. Those municipalities are:
|Homestead||McKees Rocks||Mount Oliver|
Funding for the program is provided through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, county general funds and applicant payments towards acquisition costs.
For additional information, or to request an application, please call 412-350-1090 or visit the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program’s webpage at http://bit.ly/2017SideYd