Blight/Land Banks

Hundreds of thousands of blighted or abandoned buildings are spread across Pennsylvania, impeding community and economic development programs and conveying images of old, worn out communities.

At the Housing Alliance, we see these properties in our communities not as the eyesores they are today, but as untapped assets that provide land for redevelopment. Abandoned land, when transformed into productive re-use, is a critical opportunity for our older communities to modernize, revitalize, and grow, and to improve the quality of life for neighbors who are already there.

While addressing blight is a local concern, the solutions are largely enabled by state law. Over the past several years the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in response to demand by local communities, has begun to modernize antiquated laws that stand in the way of local efforts. New individual laws are beginning to weave a policy infrastructure to transform blighted and abandoned property into quality homes people can afford, gardens and farms for fresh food, new businesses and industries that create local jobs.

Check out for a collection of land bank resources as well as the digital version of “Blight to Bright” a manual of effective tools available to return vacant properties to productive use. 

News for Blight/Land Banks

Central Dauphin partnership with land bank on hold for now

School board members had expected on Monday to take up a proposed agreement between Central Dauphin School District and the Dauphin County Land Bank, but now say they likely won't reach an understanding on the issue for another month or so.
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Dauphin County Land Bank project needs Susquehanna Twp. variances

Susquehanna Township's zoning hearing board will be asked to approve several variances for the new townhouses proposed for the 4700 block of Tuscarora Street by the Dauphin County Land Bank Authority.
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Dunbar Borough Council resolves on land bank collaborative efforts

Dunbar Borough Council adopted a resolution Monday night to support and cooperate with three other Fayette County municipalities to explore the possibility of establishing and operating a land bank to help alleviate blight.
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Webinar: Information about NDC's Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Series

Hear from NDC about the Economic Development Course and get an overview on what makes NDC the pre-eminent national provider of economic development finance training.

Pittston land bank spreading throughout region

About two years ago, Pittston held a meeting with representatives from surrounding towns to talk about starting a land bank.
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Coal Twp., Shamokin take control of 13 blighted properties

Coal Township and Shamokin officials are celebrating a win in the fight on blight after a judge ruled Thursday they could take control of 13 blighted properties.
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Central Dauphin School Board mulls partnership with Land Bank

Central Dauphin School Board Vice President Brian Faleshock said that partnering with the Dauphin County Land Bank could approve the appearances of communities in the district.
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Easton fights blight at crumbling Rock Church properties

Easton cited the Rock Church for failing to maintain 507 Northampton St., where bricks crumble in the rear
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Northeast Land Bank Authority considers three new voting members

Three new municipalities could become voting members of the Northeast Land Bank Authority.
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Two largest land banks in Pennsylvania have been slow getting off the ground

There are some neighborhoods in Pennsylvania cities where half of the properties are blighted or tax-delinquent or both. But getting them into the hands of new owners who can make them useful for the neighborhood again has been difficult.
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