The City of Pittston Redevelopment Authority focuses on projects to revitalize commercial and residential properties to spur investment in the city, create jobs, and attract and retain residents. Projects are financed by City appropriations, federal and state grants and public-private partnerships. The Redevelopment Authority is established pursuant to Section 18-1 of the Pittston City Code and is governed by a 5 member board appointed by the City Council, with support for daily operations provided by an executive director and professional staff. The Redevelopment Authority offices are located on the second floor of Pittston City Hall, 35 Broad Street, and can be telephoned at 570-654-4601.
NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING INITIATIVE
The City of Pittston, like many older industrial communities, is faced with significant challenges in its neighborhoods. The following factors have been identified as contributing to the neighborhood decline:
- Population loss.
- Older housing stock (64.18% of housing built before 1939 making housing stock in Pittston some of the oldest in the nation).
- Aging infrastructure.
- Narrow lot size.
- Street crowding (0ver 80% of housing units do not include driveways).
- Vacant houses.
- Abandoned houses.
The City and its Redevelopment Authority have developed a plan and implementation strategy designed to reduce the number of code deficient, vacant and abandoned houses in the City of Pittston’s neighborhoods: The Neighborhood Housing Initiative. The goal is to improve the overall appearance of the neighborhoods creating: attractive, livable, safe and desired housing.
The initial strategy is to acquire vacant and/or abandoned homes and demolish the properties that are unable to be saved. An early example is 58 Mill Street. The property was acquired by the Authority in a tax sale and was demolished with CDBG funding in November 2013.
Redevelopment Authority Board
Martin Moughan, Chairman
Charles Barrone, III
George Shovlin, Esq., Solicitor
Joseph Chacke, Executive Director
Office telephone 570.654.460