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Dauphin County completes second land bank project in Susquehanna Township

The Dauphin County Land Bank Authority's second project — a string of properties in the 4700 block of Tuscarora Street — was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. - (Photo / Submitted)

Five new modular homes are now for sale in Susquehanna Township through the Dauphin County Land Bank Authority.

The land bank’s second project — a string of properties in the 4700 block of Tuscarora Street — was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The homes are available for $140,000 each, according to Amy Richards Harinath, a spokeswoman for the county commissioners.

Cynthia Brown with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is selling the homes.

The authority paid $625,000 to demolish a four-unit row of burnt-out homes on the site. B.S. Smith Services and Smith Homes Inc, both based in Marysville, were hired to handle the demolition and construction.

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“Municipalities don’t have the resources to make these neighborhood improvements, which is why the land bank is so important,” Commissioner Mike Pries said. “We are working with municipalities across the county to help keep neighborhoods intact and return properties to the tax rolls, which truly benefits everyone.”

Dauphin County was the first in the commonwealth to adopt a land bank ordinance in 2013. A $250,000 county gaming grant was used to provide seed money for the land bank authority.

The land bank’s first project was the renovation of a ranch-style home at 3504 Centerfield Road in Susquehanna Township, which sold for $120,000.

Additional projects are planned in Steelton and Penbrook, with the demolition of vacant, deteriorating homes.

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