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Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 2:06 a.m.

If Tuesday's Arnold Redevelopment Authority meeting is any indication, the city's sale of abandoned properties is going to be big.

The sale of two properties was approved by the authority, another offer was rejected and a proposal for a fourth property was received.

Sale of the vacant lot at 1375 Third Ave. to the Bethel Temple Faith Church for $500 was approved.

Also unanimously approved was the sale of a lot at 1427 Fourth Ave. to Marcus Hoak of Arnold. The price also was $500.

The church plans to turn the vacant lot into a parking lot, while Hoak is using his new lot to provide more space and privacy for a rental property he owns at 1429 Fourth Ave.

He proposed buying another vacant lot on the other side of the property, but that proposal was tabled by the authority. The reason was confusion about the correct address of the property.

Gene Rosati of the authority said the proposal would be taken up again after some investigation of the lot is done to make sure it is the right property.

A proposal to buy a property at 310 17th St. by Marcus Houser of New Kensington was rejected.

Authority members said the bid of $475 was too low for a property that had a house on it while vacant lots were selling for at least $500.

Houser said he intends to renovate the deteriorating house and make it his residence. He filled out another proposal form and submitted it to the authority before the end of the meeting, but Rosati said it will not be considered until the August meeting.

Houser's brother, Robert, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., made a proposal for a lot at 705 Moore St., but it, too, will not be considered until August.

Robert Houser said he intends to purchase and maintain the lot in the immediate future and hopes to build a house or possibly a day care business on it later.

Tom Yerace is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-226-4675.

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