PG: City Council Land Bank Bill Addresses Vacated Land

Land banks acquire, repair, resell abandoned property to be used again

By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1031mhDebGrossRallyLocal02-1Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross is proposing the creation of a land bank for the city of Pittsburgh, a mechanism that could streamline the process of redeveloping tax-delinquent land, parcels that are often the blighted eyesores of communities.

On Tuesday, Ms. Gross introduced a bill to create the legal framework for the Pittsburgh Land Bank, which would be an entity separate from the city with a board of directors appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto and city council. The legislation is a work in progress because Ms. Gross wants to get community input on many of the program’s details.

Under the state law, land banks have the ability to capture about half of the money collected from penalties on tax-delinquent parcels when they’re sold through a treasurer’s sale. The land bank can use that money and other capital to purchase and rehabilitate other tax-delinquent parcels.

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VIDEO footage of the Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidate Greenspace Forum, 4/23/13

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Photos from the April 24 Mayoral Candidates Greenspace Forum

Photos from the April 24, 2013 Mayoral Candidates Greenspace Forum, presented by the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance and the League of Women Voters.

All photos by Brian Cohen Photography

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PCN Cable TV to Broadcast the Pittsburgh Greenspace Mayoral Candidates Forum this weekend

pcnTune into PCN, the non-profit statewide public affairs network on cable, to see a rebroadcast of the Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Forum on Greenspace issues, presented by the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance and the League of Women Voters.

The forum will be broadcast at the following times:

  • Friday, April 26 at 4:10 PM
  • Saturday, April 27 at 9:05 AM
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Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral candidates share views on environmental issues


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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage of the Candidates Forum on Greenspace, presented by the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance and the League of Women Voters.

By James O’Toole / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 25, 2013

Three Democratic candidates for mayor were united in support for significant alterations to a multi-billion-dollar Alcosan proposal to deal with the region’s storm and wastewater runoff problem.

At a forum Wednesday night focused on environmental issues, city Councilman Bill Peduto noted that he and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald had already called for changes in the plan to take advantage of “green” techniques to contain runoff closer to its sources by using features such as wetlands. Some environmental voices have criticized the plan, mandated by a federal consent decree, to make a massive investment in structures, including massive storage tunnels, designed to staunch the recurrent flows of untreated wastewater into rivers and streams.

“I want the city of Pittsburgh to be the model for all the other Alcosan communities,” Mr. Peduto said, maintaining that the incorporation of more green features could actually save on infrastructure costs.

Another candidate, Jack Wagner, the former state auditor general, denounced “this crazy tunnel proposal,” saying more should be done to separate storm and wastewater runoff at homes and other sites. State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, who’s also running for mayor, seconded the community-focused approach, saying that the city could encourage steps such as the widespread use of rain barrels in every neighborhoods.

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Would you like to submit questions to this forum?

Join the Pittsburgh Green Space Alliance and the League of Women Voters as we host a mayoral candidate forum dedicated to addressing the importance of Green Space in our city.

Hosted in the beautiful Heinz History Center, each candidate will discuss their plans as mayor for the expansion and integration of Green Space in Pittsburgh.

We’ll be taking submissions of questions to the candidates on our Facebook Event Page.

Do you have a question that you’re just itching to ask? ┬áNow is your time!

We’ll be taking the best questions and asking the candidates during the forum.


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Friends of the Forum

Do you want your organization to be a “Friend of the Forum?”

We ask that you help get the word out to your constituants and members.

Join the dedicated group of Pittsburgh’s non-profits with an environmental scope.

Find out more

Current Friends of the Forum:

Allegheny Commons Initiative
Allegheny Land Trust
Grow Pittsburgh
GTECH Strategies
Hollow Oak Land Trust
Mount Washington CDC
Nine Mile Run Watershed Assn.
Penn State Center
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Tree Pittsburgh

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