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Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program (VPRP) - 2018 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program

Opportunity to Individuals, Nonprofits, Agencies, and Businesses
to Buy Neglected Lots in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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Funding Source:

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Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED)

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 Postmarked

Description:

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Opportunity to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania municipalities, businesses, community groups, individuals, and nonprofit and private developers for the acquisition of vacant properties at a reduced cost. Properties must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and be located in one of the participating municipalities.

Participating municipalities include: Avalon, Baldwin Borough, Bellevue, Bethel Park, Blawnox, Brackenridge, Braddock Hills, Brentwood, Carnegie, Collier, Crafton, Crescent, Dormont, Dravosburg, East Deer, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Elizabeth Borough, Elizabeth Township, Forest Hills, Forward, Frazer, Green Tree, Harmar, Harrison, Heidelberg, Leet, Leetsdale, Liberty, McCandless, Millvale, Moon, Munhall, Neville, North Fayette, North Versailles, Oakdale, O'Hara, Penn Hills, Plum, Reserve, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Park, South Versailles, Swissvale, Turtle Creek, Versailles, West Deer, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Whitaker, White Oak, and Wilkins. Other municipalities that join the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program may be eligible to participate depending upon the timing.

Completion of Plans:

After RAAC conveys a property to an applicant, the applicant will have a pre-determined amount of time to complete the plans for the property that the applicant specified in Section III of the application and/or any other supplemental materials. Applicants are responsible for contacting RAAC upon completion of their plans. Thereafter, RAAC will inspect the property and if the plans were completed, RAAC will record a Certificate of Completion.

RAAC reserves the right to take back a property in the event that an applicant fails to complete the plans within the agreed upon period of time. RAAC would not reimburse the applicant for any costs incurred acquiring the property or making improvements to it.

Products and Pricing Structure:

Side Yard to Owner- Occupied Primary Residence:

Requirements:
-Must share a common boundary with the parcel owned by the applicant on which the applicant’s primary residence is located
-Must be a vacant lot or a vacant structure that will be demolished by the applicant
-Must be less than 1⁄2 acre
-Must have at least 3 years of unpaid taxes and meet any other applicable criteria related to blight

Cost to Applicant:
-100% of the appraised value
-Parcel fee of $3,000 will be waived
-Good faith deposit of $166.75 or 10% of the appraised value for properties valued over $2,000
-Closing costs, which average $500

Demolition of Blighted Structures:

-Must share a common boundary with a parcel owned by the applicant that contains a primary structure, such as a residence or business
-Must be a vacant structure that will be demolished by the applicant
-Must be less than 1⁄2 acre
-Must have at least 3 years of unpaid taxes and meet any other applicable criteria related to blight

Cost to Applicant:
-100% of the appraised value
-Parcel fee of $3,000 will be waived
-Good faith deposit of $166.75 or 10% of the appraised value for properties valued over $2,000
-Closing costs, which average $500

Rehabilitation of Blighted Structure:
-Must be a vacant structure that will be rehabilitated by the applicant
-Must be less than 1⁄2 acre
-Must have at least 3 years of unpaid taxes and meet any other applicable criteria related to blight

Cost to Applicant:
-100% of the appraised value
-Parcel fee will be discounted to $1,400
-Good faith deposit of $166.75 or 10% of the appraised value for properties valued over $2,000
-Closing costs, which average $500

Other Types of Applications:

Requirements:
-Other types of applications may be considered through the standard program, under which applicants typically pay all costs associated with acquisition.

Cost to Applicant:
-100% of the appraised value
-Parcel fee of $3,000
-Good faith deposit of $166.75 or 10% of the appraised value for properties valued over $2,000
-Closing costs, which average $500

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146183

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may include individuals, municipalities, community groups, local businesses, and private and nonprofit developers.

To be eligible for the Program, applicants:
-Must be current on taxes, water, sewage, and refuse bills on all properties owned in Allegheny County.
-Must not have any outstanding code violations or municipal liens on properties owned in Allegheny County.
-Cannot have acquired or be in the process of acquiring a property through the 2017 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program.

Property Eligibility Requirements:

Applications are subject to all requirements under the Program policies. Property eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis based upon consideration of a variety of factors related to blight. To be eligible for the Program, a property must at a minimum meet all preliminary eligibility requirements, including:

-Be a vacant lot or vacant structure.
-Have at least three years of tax delinquency.
-Be located in a participating municipality that has submitted the required program marketing plan. Applications may be subject to additional eligibility requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2018.

Applications will be pre-screened for completeness and applicant and property eligibility. Failure to fill out all sections of the application or provide all requested documentation will delay this process. Substantially incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant and not considered for the Program. Applicants may be contacted if items are missing or additional information is required and given a deadline for submission of all materials, after which their application will be terminated.

Once an application is determined complete, it will undergo a review process that typically takes a minimum of four months. Thereafter, the applicant will be sent a Conditional Agreement of Sale that outlines the terms and conditions of the sale of the property, including the associated costs. The applicant must return the signed Conditional Agreement of Sale and payment for the appraised value, good faith deposit, and parcel fee (as applicable) in order for the acquisition process to begin.

After the applicant returns the signed Conditional Agreement of Sale and payment for the appraised value, good faith deposit, and parcel fee (as applicable), it typically takes a minimum of five months until closing. This time may vary based upon a number of factors. Applicants are responsible for all closing costs, such as transfer taxes, real estate taxes, recording fees, and closing fees. These costs are due at the time of closing. Applicants may elect to purchase title insurance at an additional cost.

Applications and Eligible Locations:
http://www.alleghenycounty.us/residents/vprp-application.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail all applications to:

Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program - Applications
Allegheny County Economic Development
One Chatham Center, Suite 900
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

For questions, call 412-350-1090.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Eligible municipalities in Allegheny County