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Authority set to sell several lots along Jeannette's Clay Avenue

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The empty 700 block on Clay Avenue in Jeannette and the properties listed for sale by the Redevelopment Authority were the focus of most of the discussion at this month's meeting.

Currently, the JRA has properties for sale on both Division Street and Chambers Avenue.

The Chambers Avenue property is located next to Omnova Solutions and is priced at $55,000. The Division Street property is the sloping lot located across the street from the DiMartino Ice House and is listed for $45,000.

The JRA also owns eight of the 10 lots that comprise the 700 block of Clay Avenue. The authority is waiting for the transfer of the last two deeds from the city. Mayor Robert Carter said he would sign those deeds and the JRA would have them shortly. Once the authority has those deeds, these properties will also be listed for sale.

There was discussion about improvements to the property on the 700 block.

Authority co-chair Chuck Highlands said he had seen drawings from the city's Community Development Department that included tree planting and river rock.

He said, “I want to make sure that the Redevelopment Authority approves any improvements that are to be made.”

Although Highlands was concerned that money would be spent to improve property that was in the pipeline to be sold and the improvements could potentially be discarded by the buyer when and if the property was developed, authority secretary William Hoffman was concerned that there were no longer any funds for improvement on the property that might make it appealing to potential buyers.

Both opinions were moot points as Carter said the grant that was to pay for those improvements expired on Sept. 30.

Both Highlands and Hoffman also expressed concern that no one on the authority had been contacted by Prudential Realty and that no one from the agency was present at last month's meeting, nor this month's meeting.

“I will be asking them to attend next month's meeting and give a progress report,” said authority chairwoman Pamela Neiderhiser.

“If Prudential is sitting on this and not moving, we may need to re-evaluate,” said Hoffman. “The property has been listed for two months.”

The authority meets the first Monday of every month at Jeannette City Hall at 6 p.m.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.