Vacant and Blighted Properties

The Authority and collaborative partners are working to address conditions of blight in Lancaster County.

Through a two-pronged approach, LCHRA is confronting and resolving problems caused by vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties. The Vacant Property Reinvestment Program and the creation of a Land Bank in Lancaster County jointly identify and remediate troubled properties in the County.

Lancaster County Land Bank LandBankLogo

The PA Land Bank Act 153 of 2012 authorizes counties and municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more to establish land banks, a flexible and optional tool meant to help strengthen our cities and towns by enabling them to systematically remove problem properties from an endless cycle of vacancy, abandonment, and tax foreclosure, and return them to productive use. Land banks can engage in bulk quiet-title proceedings so that title insurance could be obtained and title would be marketable. They also address a vast inventory of problem properties that need to be cleared of debts, maintained, made available for private purchase, and managed where real estate markets are weak or distressed.

The Vacant Properties Reinvestment Program 

The Vacant Property Reinvestment Program (the Program) is a collaboration of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lancaster, the Vacant Property Reinvestment Board  and municipalities of Lancaster County. The purpose of the Program is to assist municipalities in addressing identified conditions of blight.

VPRB Rules and Regulations – 2016


Properties  Currently Accepted into the Program