Omnibus Demolition Project
Tarentum Borough council has budgeted $150,000 in FY2019 and $140,000 in FY2020 for property demolition. Follow the demolition project here for status updates, cost analysis and more information.
Tarentum Borough is actively working to revamp the makeup of our tax base. We hope to build a foundation for a strong, sustainable tax base for many years to come. To that end, the Borough plans to complete a large-scale demolition project which will carry through the next several years. Beginning in 2019, the Borough identified over 30 properties to begin this endeavor.
As we progress forward, the Borough hopes to play a role in the re-correction of our own economy and residential housing market. Through this project we plan to eliminate dangerous and deteriorated properties which create safety concerns and diminish property values. The Borough hopes to create larger plots of land to allow neighbors or developers a greater opportunity for community investment. A significant portion of our focus remains allocated to side-yard opportunities which put vacant property back in the hands of residents.
The Tarentum Omnibus Demolition Project was implemented in 2019 with a budget of $150,000. For 2020, the Borough has allocated an additional $140,000 toward this project.
Side Yard Candidates
The properties listed below are just a small sample of possible side yard projects. We hope to find interested neighbors to acquire lots adjacent to their property. This would improve the character of the neighborhood and increase the property value of the surrounding properties.
437 E 7th
515 E 5th Rear
The side yard project within the Borough is administered via the Vacant Property Recovery program offered through Allegheny County Redevelopment. This program allows individuals, municipalities, community groups, local businesses, and private and nonprofit developers to acquire neighboring properties and structures which are vacant and tax delinquent. The program assists buyers with forgiving outstanding taxes, liens and other obligations on the property so that it can be re-acquired and put back on the tax rolls with a new owner.
Public Bidding Documents
Tarentum considering buying demolition equipment – March 6, 2019
Tarentum expected to hire contractor for building demolitions – April 3, 2019
Dozens of vacant Tarentum buildings targeted for demolition – May 17, 2019
Tarentum volunteers taking action on abandoned houses – May 28, 2019
Tarentum eyes 33 properties for demolition this summer – June 5, 2019
Tarentum to check for asbestos in buildings eyed for demolition – July 19, 2019
Asbestos could limit Tarentum demolitions – August 6, 2019
Tarentum to begin seeking bids for building demolitions – October 1, 2019
Tarentum awards contract for 23 building demolitions – November 20, 2019
Demolition of abandoned Tarentum houses underway – December 6, 2019
The publication below provides valuable insight on the true cost of abandoned properties:
Understanding the True Costs of Abandoned Properties | Aaron Klein | January 2017
On quantifying costs of vacant structures: “These costs may appear self evident at first – the reduction in property value for the building, for neighbors, for the community – but they are often broader than commonly appreciated: major costs stem from increased crime and arson generated from abandoned properties.”
Four effects of deteriorated properties: “1. Reduction in property value of surrounding homes 2. Increased crime 3. Increased probability of fire 4. Reduced tax base for local governments”