County launches side yard program
The Allegheny County Department of Economic Development has launched its 2014 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program through its Vacant Property Recovery Program.
The program provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses, non-profits or government entities to apply for lots at a discounted price to the applicant.
“Over the past five years, the Vacant Property Recovery Program has played an integral part in revitalizing and redeveloping our neighborhoods by working with applicants to convey vacant, blighted properties for use as side yards, to develop affordable housing, and for other uses such as parks, green space, and commercial and residential property,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We are proud that the program was recognized this year as a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence and are thrilled to be able to provide the Side Yard program for a second year.”
Allegheny County will accept applications to acquire vacant properties in 28 municipalities at a reduced cost to the applicant. Available in Braddock Hills, Carnegie, Collier, Coraopolis, Dravosburg, Etna, Forward, Glassport, Green Tree, Harrison, Heidelberg, Liberty, McCandless, Moon, Munhall, North Fayette, North Versailles, O’Hara, Oakdale, Penn Hills, Plum, Ross, Scott, Turtle Creek, West Homestead, West Mifflin, Whitaker and Wilkins.
Applications must be submitted no later than August 30. Up to 60 applications will be accepted on a first come-first serve bass; only five applications will be accepted per municipality to ensure that all municipalities and residents have an opportunity to apply.
Applicants must be current on taxes, water, sewage and refuse bills on all properties owned in Allegheny County and cannot have any outstanding code violations or municipal liens on any properties.
Enrollment in the program is open to municipalities through Allegheny County and currently includes 44 communities. Discounts similar to the 2014 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program are available on an ongoing basis in the other 16 municipalities that currently participate in the Vacant Property Recovery Program including Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Homestead, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Mount Oliver, North Braddock, Pitcairn, Rankin, Sharpsburg, Stowe, Swissvale, Tarentum, Verona, Versailles, and Wilkinsburg. 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, contact 412-350-1090.