Revitalization Programs

Community Revitalization

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland (RACW) is an advocate for downtown and neighborhood initiatives in the county and is active in a variety of strategic partnerships to promote community revitalization and reinvestment in central business districts and residential neighborhoods. The RACW provides outreach, technical assistance, and resources to assist communities in their revitalization efforts.

Slum and Blight Removal

Demolition Program

The primary objective of Westmoreland County’s demolition program, administered by RACW, is to reenergize County neighborhoods through blight elimination while enhancing the health, safety and general welfare of the community. A strong emphasis is placed on the subject land for a purposeful reuse stimulating reinvestment. The program is funded through the County’s Community Development Block Grant monies program funded by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To apply for the demolition program, please complete the application in its entirety and mail to:

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland
Attn: Hallie Chatfield
40 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Fifth Floor, Suite 520
Greensburg, PA 15601

Here is a list of Demolition Contractors that we use.

Land Banking

A ‘land bank’ is a governmental entity that focuses on the conversion of vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent, and foreclosed properties into productive use. Visit the Westmoreland County Land Bank website to learn more. The RACW is actively seeking communities to participate in this new initiative. 

Accessible Housing Program

principally benefits households with income below 50% of the area median income ($35,600) with an individual with a permanent physical disability. Preference is given to low-income households and applications are taken on a first-come first-served basis subject to funding availability  Covered items are ramps and stair lifts only.

Redevelopment Opportunities

The RACW can provide support to private developers through federal, state and local programs such as:

  • tax incremental financing
  • infrastructure and facilities improvement program
  • local economic revitalization tax abatement initiatives
  • other community grant programs
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