Land is a finite resource – we know what we have, where it is and how much there is – and we cannot keep up with the pace of abandonment and deterioration.
To enable the revitalization of all land in the Greater Pittsburgh Area
The City of Pittsburgh and its greater MSA has unlocked the potential of its land-both public, private and that of unknown ownership-so that the systems, policies, programs, and resources exist which provide for a diverse array of opportunities for future use that result in increased market values and enhanced quality of life for our residents and visitors
The objective is to identify economic development policies, programs and resources that are necessary for neighborhood based redevelopment. The program works collectively towards the eradication of vacant and nuisance properties within the neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
VPWG Chairperson: Aggie Brose
VPWG Staff: Bethany Davidson and Ed Nusser
Read about the State of Blight in the Region!
The Rise of Vacancy
In a series of articles, Pittsburgh TODAY takes an in-depth look at the quiet crisis of vacancy and blight in southwestern Pennsylvania, the state and the nation, reporting on the people and places affected, its social and financial impacts, the antiquated strategies that have failed to stem the growing problem and the innovative solutions that offer hope.
2014 Meeting Schedule
|Vacant Property Working Group-Meets 2nd Friday every month 9-11am PCRG Offices and is open to all community groups and their partners in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County|
|January 10th, 2014||July 11th, 2014|
|February 14th, 2014||**|
|March 14th, 2014||September 12th, 2013|
|April 11th, 2014||October 10th, 2011|
|May 9th, 2014||November 7th, 2014|
|June 13th, 2014||December 12th, 2014|
**No meeting held in August
Current Topics (of VPWG. For more information, see the VPWG Members Area)
The Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG) concentrates on two areas of programming: public policy development and real estate acquisition. Organizations participating in VPWG focus groups and monthly meetings are given the opportunity to provide comments to public officials and develop innovative solutions associated with property recycling.
The Vacant Property Working Group provides a variety of technical assistance opportunities for participating organizations. Assistance ranges from information transfer between group members to facilitating the acquisition of tax delinquent real estate through government tax sales. Through collective problem solving and the facilitation of property information, the Vacant Property Working Group helps communities create and implement effective neighborhood redevelopment strategies.
Because the policy issues associated with blighted communities often extends across boundaries, Vacant Property Working Group creates a policy development forum available to all communities in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. This allows for a collaborative process and the sharing of ideas and information. While the policy group consists of a larger geographic agenda, property-recycling services are focused solely on community organizations inside the city of Pittsburgh.
Nearly 50 organizations work with VPWG on an ongoing basis, sharing information, assisting with project development or seeking input from community members. Our partners include community organizations, faith-based entities, government agencies, financial institutions, universities and other community stakeholders.