County set to Move Forward on Landbank, Other Projects

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WARREN, Pa. – County officials are set to move forward on several projects, including a landbank initiative.

During Monday’s work session, Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said that information was heading out to municipalities as soon as next week.

A landbank is a government or nonprofit entity established to temporarily manage and dispose of vacant land for the purpose of stabilizing neighborhoods and encouraging re-use or redevelopment.

“The goal is to have resolutions to county municipalities by next week so they can start signing them,” Eggleston said. “There will be one that is sent to the school district also. We feel that it is going to move forward by the end of September. We have several projects that are just waiting for it to take off.”

Information was also going to municipalities on Monday for the “Rural Road Initiative.”

Essentially, federal infrastructure funding that is coming in will be available for municipalities to use on various road improvement projects.

“Those projects will be vetted through the planning and zoning department,” Eggleston said. “Governments will be able to submit projects for road and bridge upgrades and repairs. “We’ll narrow scope down to an appropriate number (of projects) during the application process.”