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Blighted deadline set by authority

County panel wants to see action on several properties

September 22, 2010
Officials want to see action on blighted properties. At the county Redevelopment Authority meeting Tuesday morning, members heard updates on several cases. In many instances, they requested improvement prior to their next meeting on Oct. 19. According to Chairman John Zavinski, authority members have informed property owners they have the ability to condemn properties. However, he said they would like to see the issues resolved in other ways. “We’re trying to get them to realize with a little work they’ll be okay,” Zavinski said. “It’s up to them.” Owners of the William Darr property on Route 6 in Mead Township originally had 60 days to address the blighted condition, Zavinski said. During the meeting, he said members instructed Solicitor Andrea Stapleford to send letters requesting action by the next meeting. According to Zavinski, the solicitor also received instructions to continue correspondence with state officials regarding the Robert Larson property on S. State St. in North Warren. He said the authority will wait to hear back before proceeding. The Richard McWilliams property owner on Kinzua Road in Mead Township also will receive letters, Zavinski said. The owner contacted the authority, he said, and has an interested buyer but needs to remove belongings before proceeding with a sale. In addition, Zavinski said Mark Truver, owner of 10 Railroad St. in Clarendon Borough has work to do. He said the owner wants to use the property as a warehouse but needs a zoning change to do so. Zavinski said Truver presented pictures of other nearby properties in worse shape than his own. Despite agreeing with him in some cases, Zavinski explained nobody has complained about the properties in question and thus their owners escape the blighted process. Zavinski said the Randy Pierce property at 30 Main St., Clarendon, was also discussed. He said the owner expressed a desire to make efficiency apartments for people visiting Chapman State Park. Authority members signed an agreement with Youngsville Borough, Zavinski said, allowing the use of Community Development Block Grant funds to raze the June Carroll home on E. Main St.


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