Vacant and Abandoned Properties:

  • Vacant and abandoned properties are linked to increased rates of crime and declining property values. It's important to rebuild properties when possible and put them back on the tax rolls. 

  • Assure fairness and transparency within the Vacant Property Review Committee and Redevelopment Authority for the City of McKeesport.  

  • Work to reduce fees and appraisal costs required to obtain property.

  • Vacant and abandoned properties are linked to increased rates of crime and declining property values. It's important to rebuild properties when possible and put them back on the tax rolls. This can be done by creating a program with local construction companies that focused on training youth to re-build the homes & place them back on the tax rolls.

  • As Mayor Fawn would develop Community Land Trusts (CLT). CLT is when local nonprofits purchase real estate property to maintain community control. They can resale property to residents at an affordable price. It would be designed around the provision of permanently affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. This practice is being used by neighboring communities here in Allegheny County. 

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