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3 named to new Pittsburgh land bank group

Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh’s fledgling land bank authority moved forward this week with Mayor Bill Peduto’s nomination of three city residents to serve on its board of directors.

The nominees, who are subject to City Council approval, are Karen Abrams, 43, of the Hill District, the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s manager of diversity and community; Pittsburgh Finance Director Paul Leger, 70, of the North Side; and state Sen. Wayne Fontana, 64, D-Brookline.

City Council is in the process of appointing three board members, according to the council clerk’s office. The six members then appoint the remaining three, according to council legislation.

The nine member board will guide the authority, which has power to clear titles and sell blighted properties for development. Under state law, land banks can clear titles faster than the typical legal process.

New board members will replace an interim board consisting mainly of council staffers. Its first duties will include finalizing policies and procedures drafted by the interim board and seeking operating funding.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or [email protected].

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