Erie Land Bank To Demolish Union City Eyesore
By Chris Lash Publisher
Reducing blight and eliminating troubled, dilapidated and vacant properties, in the city and throughout Erie County, is a top regional issue of the Erie Land Bank. That’s why land banking — an effective tool in other communities for re-purposing property and improving neighborhoods throughout Erie County including here in Union City.
Two properties were purchased by the land bank, and approved by members Union City Area School District, and the Borough of Union City. The property at 92 S. Main St. and the adjacent lot were purchased by the Land Bank. The building for only $250. The vacant building was held by the Erie County Repository for Unsold Properties. While the goal of the Land Bank is to restore properties, they believe the building can’t be saved, and will be demolished.
Other depressed and blighted buildings and property have also been purchased by organization Union City Pride, including the old dinor.
Erie County’s land bank has worked methodically to determine its own priorities and goals. With input from the board, Murdock developed a community survey and sent letters to boroughs and townships outside the city of Erie inviting them to participate. Nine communities responded: The city of Corry; the boroughs of Albion, Edinboro, North East and Waterford; and Fairview, Greene, McKean and Springfield townships.
Union City was not on the list that responded. But the purchase of the local blighted property still made the Erie Lank Bank list.