Conewango Township property tabled again

The issue of a property at 3640 Jackson Run Road was tabled again after discussion by the county blighted property review committee.

The Conewango Township property, owned by Gregory Burkett, was discussed at the committee’s last meeting and members decided to invite Burkett or a representative to attend Thursday’s meeting. Attorney Bernard Hessley attended to represent Burkett.

Hessley said the structure was not abandoned, but had been rented and the tenants moved out. He also said utilities at the property are on and real estate taxes have been paid.

Committee Chairman Paul Pascuzzi noted blight determinations are made at the municipal level, and the committee only functions to review cases to ensure properties do meet the criteria for blight.

He noted that if a property is ruled blight, there is an appeals process.

Pascuzzi said the intent of the committee in inviting property owners to a meeting was to allow them to provide evidence that a property did not meet blight standards or provide plans to rectify existing issues.

“We don’t want to take a person’s rights to their property,” he said. “We try to provide ample opportunity to let us know what they plan to do.”

The issue was tabled until the Oct. 19 meeting to allow Burkett time to provide information.

Another property at 2016 Jackson Ave. in Glade Township, owned by BSRE Holdings of Lancaster, had also been tabled at the last meeting to allow the owner to appear at a committee meeting. No representative appeared at the meeting.

It was noted the property had potential for redevelopment through the county land bank.

The committee voted to move the issue to the Warren County Planning Commission for their review.


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