The Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority & Land Bank
The Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority and Land Bank have taken a leadership role to help build healthy and whole communities and reposition our towns by eliminating blight and its influences throughout Westmoreland County. The work is carried out through blight demolition, residential and commercial rehabilitation, acquisition and repurposing of vacant and tax-delinquent properties, accessible and affordable housing, training and education partnerships, historic preservation, and brownfield redevelopment. Working hand in hand with local officials, and like-minded organizations, these efforts will deliver more desirable communities in which to live, work, raise a family, and prosper.
Scroll through our programs below to learn more about what we offer.
DEMOFund - Administered by Westmoreland County's Planning and Development and delivered through the Redevelopment Authority. Funded by Act 152, this program was created to help municipalities alleviate costs associated with blight demolition. Applicants must be the municipality where property resides. No match is required.
Countywide Demolition - Reenergizing county neighborhoods through blight elimination utilizing federal HUD CDBG funding. This program is designed to address structures key to a community's revitalization plan. Any municipality, or private owner can apply, except for opt-out communities. Private match is required in the range of $500 - $1,000. Click here for a Demolition Application.
Land Banking - Formed by the County Commissioners in 2013, the Westmoreland County Land Bank’s (LB) main mission is to return vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties to the tax rolls. To date, nearly 180 properties are now creating value for their communities as side-lot additions, redeveloped mixed-use buildings, and rehabilitated homes.
- To learn more about purchasing a property from the Land Bank, click here.
- Click here to download an ARPA Side Lot Property Purchase Application.
Brownfield Program - The RACW works in partnership with local governments, the business community, private property owners and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency to foster the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields and other industrial sites in Westmoreland County. 'Brownfields' include properties that are contaminated or perceived to be contaminated. If you are interested in funding, please complete the Brownfield Site Form.
ARPA stands for the "American Rescue Plan Act," historic funding in response to the negative health and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2022, Westmoreland County Commissioners allocated $10.4 million to address vacant and abandoned property located in QCTs (Qualified Census Tracts). Learn more about ARPA and how we are using ARPA funds to help build healthy and whole communities in Westmoreland County here.