Land Banking

Read more about Councilman O'Connor and Councilwoman Gross's proposed amendments to City of Pittsburgh's Land Bank legislation.

Letters of Support

Find out what local stakeholders have to say in support of a land bank in Pittsburgh


In the News

A list of articles about land banks and land resuse has been compiled.

Land Bank FAQ

Do you have questions about what a land bank is and how it works? Take a look at this handy FAQ.

Outside Resources


The Land Bank Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for the second Friday of every month at 1:00p.m. in City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor in the City-County Building. 
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Pittsburgh Land Bank Board of Directors will be held Friday, September 9, 2016 at 1:00p.m. in City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor in the City-County Building.

Pittsburgh Land Bank Board Members


  • Reverend Ricky Burgess – Councilperson, District 9


  • Dr. Jamil Bey – Resident of Beltzhoover, District 3


  • Karen Abrams – Manager of Diversity Initiatives, Urban Redevelopment Authority


  • Paul Leger – Director of Finance, City of Pittsburgh

Other Members:

  • Senator Wayne Fontana – Pennsylvania Senate 42nd District
  • Theresa Kail-Smith – Councilperson, City of Pittsburgh District 2
  • Daniel Lavelle – Councilperson, City of Pittsburgh District 6
  • Steve Mazza – Resident of Sheraden, District 2
  • Tara Sherry Torres – Resident of Bloomfield, District 7

Nominating Committee Report Out

The nominating committee of the Pittsburgh Land Bank board has submitted the names of three Pittsburgh residents as nominees to land bank board.  Each nominee confirmed their nomination.  The six initial board members will vote on accepting these nominees onto the board during the upcoming land bank board meeting on Friday, August 14, 2015.  The nominating committee received nominations for 26 city residents.  The committee distributed accompanying resumes and letters of support to the current board members for review, as well as a scorecard to evaluate each nominee based on the criteria outlined in the call for nominations.  Board members had an opportunity to select from the pool of 26 nominees, select their own nominees, or opt out of the selection process.

  City Council Districts 2, 6 and 9 City Council Districts 1, 3 and 5 City Council Districts 4, 7 and 8
Board Member 1 Steve Mazza Mark Masterson William Gatti
Board Member 2 Steve Mazza Dr. Jamil Bey Tara Sherry Torres
Board Member 3 Marimba Milliones Dr. Jamil Bey Cheryl Hall Russell
Board Member 4 Ronell Guy Dr. Jamil Bey Tara Sherry Torres
Board Member 5 n/a n/a n/a
Board Member 6 n/a n/a n/a
Nominees Steve Mazza Dr. Jamil Bey Tara Sherry Torres

Steve Mazza – Resident of Sheraden, District 2
Dr. Jamil Bey – Resident of Beltzhoover, District 3
Tara Sherry Torres – Resident of Bloomfield, District 7

We did it!

We’re thrilled to announce that Monday, April 14th, 2014 marked the passage of the much awaited Land Bank bill! Pittsburgh City Council passed necessary legislation to create the Pittsburgh Land Bank Board, taking a huge step forward towards addressing the problem of blight throughout our city.

The bill received overwhelming support with eight of the nine council members voting in support. Your diligence through weeks of discussion, negotiation and compromise is greatly appreciated, and we could not have succeeded without your commitment towards positive change in the City of Pittsburgh. A resounding round of applause and thanks to all of you who have offered insight, assistance and support to help us kick off 2014 with a blast of progressive action.

As the bill moves towards Mayor Peduto’s desk, stay tuned for updates and further information! There’s still a long road ahead of us but with your support and dedication, we’re determined to create a Land Bank that will fully serve your best interests.   

You Spoke, We Listened

It’s been busy in Pittsburgh City Council! Councilwoman Gross’ January introduction of legislation to create a Pittsburgh land bank led to an outpouring of productive public discussion about vacant and abandoned property in our city. 

Through a televised post agenda meeting, a crowd-packed four and a half hour evening public hearing in Council Chambers, and numerous meetings with a wide range of community leaders and groups who serve affected neighborhoods, Councilwoman Gross and Councilman Corey O’Connor have been hard at work incorporating this feedback to craft amendments to create a land bank that will for work for communities from the ground-up.

Both Council offices have been engaged in a four week one-on-one outreach period to hear input from community leaders to address common concerns about how the land bank’s board should be structured, the creation of a community-based petition process to check and balance the land bank’s activity in affected areas, and work to strengthen and solidify protection for those in occupied homes.

We’re excited about what is coming down the pipeline, and we can’t wait to share it with you once the feedback period is finished. Summary points of Councilman O’Connor’s amendments will be forthcoming to provide an idea of the improvements contained within the amendments as they are refined and legally reviewed.

  • Take a look below for a broad summary of the O’Connor-Gross amendments, and check this page regularly for updates, useful links, and other land bank resources.
  • Do you have questions about what a land bank is and how it works? Take a look at this handy FAQ page here

Land Bank Benefits:

The Land Bank will give communities a voice to decide the fate of tax-foreclosed property in their neighborhood, guarding against vacant parcels of land falling into the hands of speculators, allowing neighborhoods to drive development at the grassroots level.  By viewing vacant and abandoned properties as potential assets—rather than barriers—communities can reinvest in their neighborhoods from the ground up.

The O’Connor-Gross Amendments Summarized

  • Oversight of the Lank Bank has been addressed in the O’Connor-Gross amendments by requiring the Land Bank Board to host a minimum of five community information meetings while it works to draft the Land Bank’s Policies and Procedures. These Policies and Procedures will act as the rules and policies that guide the Land Bank’s day-to-day operations, its neighborhood priorities, and internal staff structure. In addition to these public information meetings, the amendments mandate a 30-day public comment period to allow for community feedback on the draft Land bank Policies and Procedures. To ensure an additional layer of open participation and public oversight, the final draft of the Land Bank Board’s Policies and Procedures must be approved by City Council before they are officially adopted.
  • Community participation amendment provisions will add three community members from the three most affected Council districts. These board members will be required to either reside or work for community-based organizations in these three Council districts, ensuring representation for communities where the land bank will operate most frequently. City Council will appoint three additional Land Bank board members, and the Mayor’s office will appoint the remaining three seats, for a total of nine Land Bank board seats.
  • The O’Connor-Gross amendments also provide the opportunity for extensive community engagement throughout the sale/disposition process, including procedures for notification and opposition, as well as a community-based petition process to allow for a public hearing to discuss controversial property dispositions. Public concerns about the Land Bank’s ability to take owner-occupied land resulted in several amendments to ensure protection for homeowners.
  • The O’Connor-Gross amendments will require that the City provide hardship payment plans and additional protections to owner-occupants who are unable to pay their current taxes. The Land Bank will make every effort to refrain from purchasing Owner - Occupied housing so as not to displace individuals or families. Finally, the Land Bank will not look to acquire Owner-Occupied properties without first confirming that an appropriate payment plan has been offered for any municipal taxes or claims, including evaluation for an income-based payment agreement.
  • Concerns about Land Bank staff being able to approve sale of property under $50,000 resulted in an amendment that removes any ability of staff to approve sale of property in its entirety.  Every disposition of property will be required to be approved by the Board. Finally, after receiving feedback from Locally- Sourced and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, preference shall be given to minority and women-owned business enterprises by the Land Bank.

Click here to see the full summary of amendments.

REVISED CITY COUNCIL MEETING REPLAY SCHEDULE. Each meetingwill be replayed seven (7)  times per week, which is an additional three (3) times more per week.  David Finer, Cable Bureau Manager is currently working on the schedule to incorporate the Public Hearings and Post Agendas.  
Regular meeting
Tuesday LIVE at 10:00am, replay at 7:00pm
Wednesday at 12:00am
Saturday at 10:00am & 7:00pm
Sunday at 1:00pm & 10:00pm
Standing Committees meeting
Wednesday LIVE at 10:00am, replay at 7:00pm
Thursday at 12:00 am
Saturday at 1:00pm & 10:00pm
Sunday at 10:00am & 7:00pm
City Channel Pittsburgh program schedule

City Channel Pittsburgh LIVE stream
Pittsburgh City Council online meeting archive
posted 1/23/15 @ 4:00 pm


Uncover Squirrel Hill, the newly re-energized business district association hosted a “Meet and Greet” to unveil plans for increased visibility for the area. The event at the Carnegie Library attracted over 70 Squirrel Hill business owners.  For additional information, check out the new website, Pictured (l) to (r) are, Uncover Squirrel Hill President  Mardi  Isler;  Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay;  Councilman Corey O’Connor; and  Business District Coordinator  Elyse Eichner.

posted 1/14/15 @ 9:25 am

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