Trio of Youngsville properties discussed at RDA

The future of three Youngsville properties was the cornerstone of Tuesday morning’s county RDA meeting.

The property at 16 West Main Street in the borough, owned by Hobson McKown, has been scheduled to move forward in the conservatorship process. RDA Member Pam Matve made the motion to move forward with conservatorship, including in the plan the option the request that the RDA be authorized to sell the property if repairs are not made. The main issue at this point, said RDA members, is a broken window that creates a security issue that can’t be overlooked. McKown met with Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg in September of this year, she said, and at that point indicated that he intended to work with the borough to make progress on the issues that brought the property to RDA originally. That progress, however, has not been made and Hagberg agreed with the RDA’s decision to move forward with conservatorship.

A second Youngsville property, at 150 Bates Street in Youngsville and owned by Raymond and Jolene Romanofsky, has been on the RDA list for some time, said Matve. It was agreed that Hagberg would return to the January RDA meeting with a determination from borough council as to whether the original issues that brought the property to RDA – including an unsecured back door and broken windows, as well as vegetation overgrowth – had been gotten enough under control that it could be removed from the RDA’s list.

A third property, at 118 Mill Street in Youngsville and owned by John Bortz Jr., will be decided when the conservatorship process finishes up sometime in January or February, according to Solicitor Andrea Stapleford. Once that hearing has been held and authorization to sell the property has been given, a decision will be made on how to proceed with sale of the property, the RDA agreed.

A fourth property, the former Barley Home located at 506 S. State Street in North Warren and owned by Roger and Kathleen Shattuck, has been approved for sale to Conewango Township, Stapleford said.

Once the deed is signed, she said, “we can move forward with it. It’s in the works.” Stapleford said that the township has plans to demolish the structure on the property, which was destroyed by fire in August of 2014.