Erie County Council approves land bank, redevelopment fund

Erie County Council approved the creation of a land bank that would acquire blighted properties and rehabilitate them, if feasible. The ordinance passed Tuesday with a 4-3 vote.

The state legislature approved one million dollars of gaming revenue for the county in order to establish the land bank.

Councilman Kyle Foust presented the plan that includes the formation of the Neighborhood and Infrastructure Revitalization Fund (NIRF). The land bank will be governed by seven current members of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) and two members to be appointed by the county executive.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper had proposed a plan for a land bank consisting initially of seven county council members, the county executive and a member from the City of Erie, but that plan was voted down 3-4.

Council chairman Jay Breneman said the NIRF plan was the best option.

"It looks at more than just banking land,” he said. “It actually looks at some of these other innovative things regarding preservation; and really focusing on the cultural assets we have in our communities throughout Erie County."

According to Ordinance No. 126, 2017, those areas of interest cover historic preservation, a focus on parks and trails, and redevelopment of neighborhood and public spaces, including storefront and facade improvements. 
 


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