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How can I buy land or property from the URA?

Category: Finance Department
  • To purchase a property from the URA, you must be current on all taxes, water and sewer charges, and free from any building violations on any property that you own within the City of Pittsburgh. Once you have identified a property that you are interested in purchasing, please determine whether it is owned by the City or by the URA because sales procedures differ.
  • To purchase a URA-owned property, please print and complete an Inquiry on URA Property Form and submit it to:

        Real Estate Division

        Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

        200 Ross Street

        10th Floor

        Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • In this letter, please include:
    • The block/lot number and address of the property
    • Proposed reuse of the property
  • Upon receipt of this written inquiry, the proposed reuse will be reviewed and a purchase price will be established by the URA. If the proposed reuse is judged acceptable, and a price is determined, a Proposal Package will be mailed to you . The buyer then completes and submits the proposal package, a preliminary site plan showing the proposed reuse of the property and a good faith deposit in an amount equal to 10% of the purchase price
  • If accepted, the proposal will be presented to the URA Board of Directors. If the buyer’s proposal is approved by the URA Board, the buyer may required to make a monthly payment to the URA of 0.5% of the purchase price. The URA will work with the buyer to obtain a letter of support from the community group in the relevant area. City Council will then review the proposed sale if necessary.
Updated 7/27/2016 11:05 AM
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