The purpose of the Lackawanna County Land Bank is to use available resources to facilitate the return of vacant, blighted, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties to productive use, thereby combating community deterioration, creating an economic growth and stabilizing the housing and job market.

The Land Bank acquires, holds, and transfers interest in real property for the following purposes:

  • to deter the spread of blight;
  • to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties;
  • to support targeted efforts to stabilize neighborhoods;
  • to stimulate residential, commercial and industrial development.

Lackawanna County Land Bank Board of Directors

Chris Chermak
Lackawanna County Commissioner

Selina Andiappan
Community Development Director, City of Scranton

Al Chelik
Mayor, Mayfield

Patrick Tobin
Lackawanna County Director of Assessors

Attorney Joseph Colbasanni

Ralph Pappas