The Redevelopment Authority derives its powers and duties from the Pennsylvania State Urban Redevelopment Law. It executes urban renewal projects, manages the City Transportation Center, In addition to these duties, the Redevelopment Authority has been designated to act as the Land Bank for the City. The purpose of the Land Bank is to effectively facilitate the return of blighted, abandoned and functionally obsolete properties to productive reuse. In its capacity as Land Bank, the Redevelopment Authority acquires vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties, clears them of liabilities, and transfers them to new owners for rehabilitation and redevelopment.
Five (5) member Board, appointed by the Mayor, for a term of five (5) years. *Residency requirement.
- Urban Redevelopment Law, Act of May 24, 1945, as amended and codified at 35 P.S. §§ 1701 – 1719.2
- Land Bank Law, Act of October 24, 2012, as amended and codified at 68 Pa.C.S. §§ 2101 – 2120 and Act 33 of 2018
- City Ordinance 5726, which created the land bank on October 10, 2018
- Community Development Department
- Lee Slusser, Director
- Nick Ardizzone, Property & Program Manager
- Solicitor: Elizabeth Benjamin, Esq.
3rd Friday of every month, 8:30 AM, Altoona City Hall, 1301 Twelfth Street, 4th Floor Conference Room
Altoona PA 16601.
Land Bank Policies & Procedures