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Jeannette authority looks to move several properties

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
Bill Hoffman, Jeff Means, Chuck Highlands, Pamela Neiderhiser and Clyde Bittner begin the Redevelopment Authority Meeting in the fire station thanks to fire Chief Joe Matijevic. The Authority couldn't to get in to City Hall and Matijevic offered space in the station for the meeting.

The Jeannette Redevelopment Authority finally held its first meeting of the year this month — like so many other events, the January meeting was canceled due to bad weather.

Most of the meeting and discussion revolved around the properties that the Redevelopment Authority has listed for sale on Chambers Avenue, Division Street and Magee Avenue.

Treasurer Bill Hoffman said money in the authority's treasury is getting rather low and it would be helpful if one of the properties would sell so the funds for operating expenses could be replenished.

Chuck Highlands suggested contacting Diana Reitz at the city development office to see if she knows of any grants that might be available and Hoffman agreed.

Authority Chairwoman Pamela Neiderhiser said Prudential Realty, who lists the properties for sale, has been in contact with her.

“Attempts have been made to contact Omnova to see if they were interested in the Chambers Avenue property, but there has been no response,” said Neiderhiser. “Prudential indicated that there was possibly another person interested in the property, but to date they haven't heard anything new. The weather has been so bad it is hard for people to get out and see the property.”

Clyde Bittner, the newest member of the board, asked about the cost of the properties, which has been reduced. The Division Avenue property is listed for $35,000 and the Chambers Avenue property is listed for $45,000.

Bittner was specifically interested in the Chambers Avenue property as he was involved in the community garden that was located there in the past.

“In speaking for myself, the price could be negotiable depending on the usage,” Hoffman said. “Usage is most important.” He said there are contingencies on the sale of the property and the city needs to get it back on the tax rolls. He said hopefully whomever buys it will have employees.

“Whoever purchases the property would need to have a plan,” said Neiderhiser.

In regard to the Magee Avenue property, Hoffman said, “There is someone who is seriously interested. A local business has expressed serious interest in the property which will be used for additional storage. I'm hopeful that we can sell that property in the near future.”

According to Hoffman, the property has no water or sewage hook-ups, so storage is a good usage for that parcel.

Parties interested in purchasing the properties listed by the Jeannette Redevelopment Authority should contact Rebecca Perry at Prudential Preferred Realty in Greensburg. The Jeannette Redevelopment Authority meets the first Monday of every month at City Hall.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.