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Blighted Property Review Committee Information
 
 
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Blighted Property Review Committee (BPRC) was created in 2015 to eliminate blighted conditions upon certain derelict properties that individually and collectively constitute a blight and nuisance in County neighborhoods. The Committee is comprised of 5 members.
Municipalities refer subject properties to the Committee who works with property owners to voluntarily remove blight. If conditions are not removed, the Committee can certify the property as blighted and submit it to the Berks County Redevelopment Authority (BCRA). The Redevelopment Authority can acquire such properties through the power of eminent domain and then hold, clear, manage, or dispose of such properties for reuse.
 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Eileen Kastura, Chairman
Denise Commings, Vice Chairman
Ronald Heim, Secretary
Kevin Barnhardt, County Commissioner
Lee Olsen, AIA, Olsen Design Architects
Pamela J. Cala, Esq., Solicitor
 
BCRA STAFF MEMBERS
Thomas Dachowski, Housing Director
Kathleen Heckman, Executive Assistant
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
BLIGHTED PROPERTY REVIEW COMMITTEE
Berks County Redevelopment Authority
Services Center, 14th Floor
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: 610-478-6325
Fax: 610-478-6326
 
Ordinance 03-2016, Amended