What We Do

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster was established in 1957 to redevelop and rehabilitate blighted areas and to prevent property deterioration in other areas. It has the power, within areas set by the Planning Commission, to investigate, plan, purchase property, make contracts for demolition and rebuilding, and provide parks and recreation areas. Present emphasis is on rehabilitation rather than demolition.

 

The Redevelopment Authority has properties for sale for the purpose of housing affordability  and the elimination of blight conditions in the City of Lancaster.

 

This project is supported through the City of Lancaster’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

 

 

Redevelopment Authority Meeting Agenda & Minutes

 

Contact Info

Address

Council Chambers
City Hall Annex (Marion Street entrance)
120 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA

 

Phone

(717) 517-5741

 

Meeting Schedule

The Authority meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:15 PM at City Hall, 120 North Duke Street. Please enter the Annex through the Marion Street entrance.

 

Contact Emma Hamme for additional information.

Redevelopment Authority Details
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Redevelopment Authority Details

The Redevelopment Authority has properties for sale for the purpose of homeownership and elimination of blight conditions in the City of Lancaster.

Each property has been declared blighted by the Lancaster Property Reinvestment Board and the Lancaster City Planning Commission. Most properties require extensive rehabilitation and are required to meet Code before being occupied. The selling price is set according to appraised value in the “as is” condition. All properties need to be renovated within a twelve-month period, to meet standards set by the Building and Housing Codes of the City of Lancaster and, as applicable, the Historic Rehabilitation Standards.

Redevelopment Authority meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. A written proposal to purchase the property must be submitted to Ada Rivera, of Home 1st Realty, at least two weeks prior to each meeting date. (Please note: when there are multiple bids for a property, it is possible that the property will be sold by auction at the RACL meeting.) Each proposal must include the following items:

  • The purchase price
  • Evidence of financial ability to acquire and rehabilitate the property
  • A detailed description of a rehabilitation plan and cost estimate
  • Names of contractors/subcontractors and completion date of work
  • Intent of property after rehabilitation
  • Proof of income – if you plan to occupy the dwelling as an owner-occupant. Owner occupants must have a total household income of less than 80% of the Area Median Income as defined by HUD. Documentation may include up to two years of tax returns, bank statements, and paystubs. HUD 2021 Income Guidelines are as follows:
    • 1-Person Family: $46,500
    • 2-Person Family: $53,150
    • 3-Person Family: $59,800
    • 4-Person Family: $66,400
    • 5-Person Family: $71,750
    • 6-Person Family: $77,750

 

For further information, contact Denice Lazo at 717-291-4759 or DLazo@cityoflancasterpa.com

This project is supported by a grant from the City of Lancaster through its Community Development Block Grant Program.

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Schedule Update

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Lancaster Industrial Development Authority for Wednesday, September 15, 2021, has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Authority will be held on October 20, 2021, at 4 p.m.