UC Land Bank purchase

Union City Borough and Union City Area School Board have agreed to allow the Erie County Land Bank to acquire this vacant building at 92 S. Main St. and the adjacent lot. The land bank plans to demolish the building.

A building that has been an eyesore in Union City Borough for several years is set to come down.

The Union City Area School Board, during its Oct. 10 meeting, agreed to accept an offer by the Erie County Land Bank to purchase a blighted vacant building and the vacant lot adjacent to the building.

The board voted to accept the Land Bank’s offer to purchase the building at 92 S. Main St. for $250 from the Erie County Repository for Unsold Properties.  

The board also agreed to accept the Erie County Land Bank’s offer of $250 for a lot next to the building.  

The building is a 11,712-square-foot multilevel structure that sits on 0.2353 acres. The 2019 assessed value of the land the building sits on is $12,700, and the building value is $100 for a total value of $12,800.

The building, which is classified mixed commercial and residential, was built in 1911 and, in the past, served as retail space and had seven rental units.

Christie Mahany, coordinator of the Erie County Land Bank, said plans call for the building to be torn down.

“I don’t think the building can be saved,” Mahany said. “The plan is to demolish the current building.”

The adjacent parcel of land is a vacant residential lot, also on South Main Street, at the corner of Atlantic Street. The lot measures 60 feet by 98.7 feet, or 0.136 acres. The purchase was also made from the Erie County Repository for Unsold Properties. The value of the lot is $9,000.

The Erie County Land Bank works to purchase deteriorating property and return it to productive use, Mahany said.

Municipalities and school districts may become members by signing an agreement with the Erie County Land Bank so the land bank can work in those communities.

“We have to have an intergovernmental cooperative agreement for us to operate within a municipality,” Mahany said.

With the agreement, taxing bodies sign off on collecting any taxes owed on the property.

The Borough of Union City and the Union City Area School District have signed an agreement with the Erie County Land Bank.

Cindy Wells, secretary/treasurer of Union City Borough, said the borough has approved the acquisition of the building at 92 S. Main St. and the adjacent lot.

Mahany said Erie County Council is the third party that will have to approve the acquisition.

Members of the Union City Area School Board who approved the acquisition of the two parcels by the Erie County Land Bank are George Trauner, Blain Blakeslee, Stephen Gilbert, Douglas Hopson, Dr. Barbara Miller, David Robinson and Kimberle Thomas. Brian Gregor and Lori Lewis were absent.

Union City Borough Council approved the acquisition in May. Council members who approved the acquisition were Dan Brumagin, Dan Hoban, Charlie Steadman, Emmet McGuire and Riley Cross. Dustin Kolaja was absent.

 

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