Cumberland County Blighted Property Reinvestment Board
The Cumberland County Blighted Property Reinvestment Board (the ‘Board’) is here to serve municipalities in Cumberland County to help clean up vacant and blighted properties. It serves as a tool for municipalities to:
·Complement the enforcement of existing codes
·Increase property values
·The Board has been in existence since 1999 and consists of seven (7) members appointed by the County Commissioners. The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority provides administrative support for the Board.
·The Board was established to certify properties within Cumberland County as blighted, and provide an additional tool to the referring municipalities for blight abatement.
·Municipalities refer subject properties to the Board who works with property owners to voluntarily remove blighted conditions. If conditions are not removed, the Board can certify the property as blighted to the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority. The Redevelopment Authority can acquire such properties through the power of eminent domain or court appointed conservatorship and then hold, clear, manage, or dispose of such properties for reuse.
What Makes a Property Blighted?
·Any premises which because of physical condition or use is regarded as a public nuisance at common law or has been declared a public nuisance in accordance with local housing, building, plumbing, fire and related codes.
·Any premises which because of physical condition, use or occupancy is considered an attractive nuisance to children, including but not limited to, abandoned wells, shafts, basements, excavations, and unsafe fences or structures.
·Any dwelling which because it is dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe, vermin invested, or lacking in the facilities and equipment required by the Housing Code of any municipality, has been designated by the department responsible for enforcement of the Code as unfit for human habitation.
·Any structure which is a fire hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to the safety of persons or property.
·Any structure, from which the utilities, plumbing, heating, sewage, or other facilities have been disconnected, destroyed, removed, or rendered ineffective so that the property is unfit for its intended use.
·Any vacant or unimproved lot or parcel of ground in a predominately built up neighborhood, which by reason of neglect or lack of maintenance has become a place for accumulation of trash and debris, or a haven for rodents or other vermin.
·Any property which is vacant, which has not been rehabilitated within one year of the receipt of notice to rehabilitate from a municipal code enforcement agency.
·Any abandoned property.