Blight and Redevelopment

The City partners with many local stakeholders to address urban blight. To name a few, Neighborworks of Northeastern Pennsylvania offers many different programs from home buyer assistance to assisting with home rehabilitation for the elderly. They are also working on a West Side revitalization project. The Lackawanna County Land Bank offers vacant and blighted properties for purchase. The United Neighborhood Centers (UNC) of Northeastern Pennsylvania has done multiple revitalization efforts throughout Scranton and are now focusing on Pinebrook.

Condemnation Information

Condemnation occurs when a property is inhabitable for human occupancy. The City’s digital information is currently getting updated and can only offer a partial condemnation list at this time. To view the list, please click here.

Properties that are condemned may often still be able to be revitalized. If you have recently purchased a condemned property, please be sure to follow the Condemned Property Policy. Please note this policy requires an initial and final inspection. All work must be permitted and done by a licensed contractor. A list of the licensed contractor list can be found here.

Demolition

Demolition is reserved for condemned properties that are beyond repair. The City would prefer to see condemned properties be rehabilitated, but sometimes further action needs to be taken. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about demolition. The City has demolished 16 properties since 2020. The properties demolished due to their condition in 2021 are listed below.

  • 1620-1622 Pine St
  • 616 Cedar Ave
  • 1320 Olive St
  • 505-07-09 12th Ave

The 12 properties demolished in 2020 due to their condition are listed below.

  • 1012 Cedar Ave
  • 1121 Stafford Ave
  • 1310 Price St
  • 814 Quincy Ave
  • 841-843 Quincy Ave
  • 902 Quincy Ave
  • 1516 Olive St
  • 1724 Church Ave
  • 725 Meadow Ave
  • 2939 Birney Ave
  • 948 N. Main Ave
  • 913-915 Eynon St

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