Blighted Property Review Process
The Redevelopment Authority (RACA) is authorized to condemn, using eminent domain, vacant properties meeting one or more of the State's criteria of blight. (These criteria include being unfit for human habitation, dangerous, or environmentally hazardous.)
Working closely with the City's Bureau of Building Standards and Safety, RACA brings qualifying properties before both the Blighted Property Review Committee and the Allentown City Planning Commission. These two entities first determine that properties are eligible for condemnation and later, if owners fail to cooperate with City inspectors and make necessary repairs, certify them to RACA for acquisition. This administrative Blighted Property Review Process typically takes about one year to complete, during which time roughly 75% of the properties are brought into compliance and removed from the process.
For more information refer to Article 720 Neighborhood Improvement Ordinance
The next Blighted Property Review Committee (BPRC) meeting
will be determined at a later date.