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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

I read Ted Kopas' column “Battling blight through the Westmoreland Land Bank” (Oct. 24 and and its glowing projections for growth.

My question is: How will the Land Bank acquire these blighted properties?

Since there will be no use of eminent domain, seizing for sheriff's sale might only get another owner who lets the property run down.

Considering the mess Jeannette has been left with because of the glass factory and the hospital, this Land Bank seems like a good idea. But the commissioners need to give more information to county residents on how properties will be acquired and eventually sold.

What will happen to the money from the sales? How will the Land Bank be established?

I know land banks have worked in other states, but I want to know how it will work here.

Mary Ann Mogus


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