Creation of land bank one step closer

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ERIE, Pa. — Erie City Council is addressing residents’ concerns as the land bank becomes one step closer to reality.

Wednesday morning City Council unanimously passed the first reading of a resolution that would create a land bank for the city — a tool that would allow the city to acquire blighted properties and rehabilitate them if possible, putting them back on the tax roles.

If they are beyond repair, the homes will be demolished.

“Some of the misconceptions about the land bank is that we are going to take over whole neighborhoods, and we are going to displace people,” Bob Merski said. “Nothing could be further from the truth. What we are trying to do is take blighted properties that are on the tax lien sale.”

The second reading will happen at the next council meeting. After that, Merski said a board will be established with the implementation of the plan in 2017.

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