Landbanks and the role they could play in Meadville’s future will be the subject of a presentation at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the City Building, 894 Diamond Park.
The public information session is the result of a scholarship awarded to Meadville Redevelopment Authority last year. As one of four winners of a nationwide competition designed to boost the use of land reserves in urban planning, the city’s redevelopment agency is receiving 100 hours of expert technical assistance. Another funding of $10,000 will be provided to a local non-profit organization to help form a land bank.
The meeting will be led by officials from the Center for Community Progress, the nonprofit that sponsored the contest and has promoted the transformation of derelict properties across the country. Those wishing to attend can register online at cityofmeadville.org. Refreshments will be served during the meeting.
“City Council and the Redevelopment Authority look forward to leveraging the Center for Community Progress’s experience and expertise in working with land banks across the country,” said City Manager Maryann Menanno. . “This is a wonderful opportunity for the town of Meadville and its residents.”
Land reserves are typically used by non-profit organizations or municipal agencies such as the Redevelopment Authority to convert vacant, derelict or dilapidated properties from tax-delinquent horrors into productive parts of the community.
The Redevelopment Authority award was given in the first year of the program. Other organizations that made up the first group of fellows with Meadville were the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and two organizations leading land bank law reform in Midwestern states: Prosperity Indiana and Central Illinois Land Bank Authority.