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ABOUT THE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF LEHIGH COUNTY

The Redevelopment Authority of Lehigh County (RALC) was formed in 1971 but was inactive for many years before being reconstituted in May 2023.

The service area of the RALC includes all municipalities in Lehigh County, with the exception of the City of Allentown and the City of Bethlehem which have formed separate redevelopment authorities that operate within those jurisdictions.

Municipalities and others interested in the work of the RALC should contact Christopher Gulotta, Executive Director at RALC@lehighcounty.org

     

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2023

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael A. Yeager (Chair)

Steven Neratko (Vice-Chair)

Oscar Ghasab (Treasurer)

Ricky Gower (Secretary)

David Weinstein

Christopher Gulotta (Executive Director)          The Gulotta Group, LLC

Kent H. Herman, Esquire (Solicitor)          King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC

     

RALC MISSION STATEMENT

The Redevelopment Authority of Lehigh County (RALC) is focused on the goal of remediating and repurposing blighted properties in Lehigh County's Boroughs and Townships. It accomplishes this work by partnering with elected and appointed officials, as well as the non-profit and private sectors to grow the tax base, provide opportunities for economic development, and increase the supply of housing.  In doing so, the RALC will pursue a variety of financing and incentives to spur repurposing properties for productive uses and to sustain the organization going forward.

Adopted October 5, 2023

     

RALC MEETING INFORMATION

NOTICE OF 2024 REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF LEHIGH COUNTY MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE

The Redevelopment Authority of Lehigh County will conduct public meetings on the following dates for the period January through May 2024:

January 18, February 1 (rescheduled to February 22), March 7,  April 4, and May 2, .

The meetings will be conducted via ZOOM and are scheduled for 9:00 a.m..

Additional information on the RALC meetings, including agendas and ZOOM instructions, can be found at the Lehigh County Department of Community and Economic Development’s website:

https://www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Community-Economic-Development/Lehigh-County-Redevelopment-Authority

     

PROJECTS

     

MULTI-MUNICIPAL BLIGHT GRANT

Multi-Municipal Blight Remediation Grant Application

The Redevelopment Authority is working with three communities (Catasauqua Borough, North Whitehall and Whitehall Townships) to submit an application for $500,000 in state funding by August 31, 2023 through the Keystone Communities Program.

These three municipalities have taken an active interest in tackling the problem of blighted properties. The municipalities have been asked to provide matching funds which, along with the state funds and possibly County of Lehigh CDBG funds, will be used to demolish and/or repair blighted properties.    The grant applicant is being prepared by the Redevelopment Authority.  If the grant is approved by the state, the Redevelopment Authority will administer the grant.

In 2017, the County completed a comprehensive blighted property strategy.  An outgrowth of this initiative has been a technical assistance program offered at no cost to communities to identify and strategize about how to deal with long-term blighted properties.  Three communities, Whitehall Township, North Whitehall Township and Catasauqua Borough have utilized the services of the County’s consultant, The Gulotta Group, to strengthen approaches for dealing with these long-term blighted properties.  One common issue is a lack of resources for communities to deal with these properties.  The proposed project will make financial resources available to the three communities.

     

CATASAUQUA IRON WORKS PROJECT

Catasauqua Iron Works Project

The Borough of Catasauqua has entered into an Memorandum of Understanding with the RALC relating to the redevelopment of the former Iron Works property.  A Request for Proposals was reissued by the RALC on March 8, 2024 with the objective of receiving proposals from developers interested in redeveloping the 10-acre site.  When a preferred developer is identified through this process, the Borough will convey the site to the RALC and the RALC will enter into an agreement of sale with the preferred developer who will redevelop the site consistent with local zoning.  The Request for Proposals may be obtained by contacting cyndiking@lehighcounty.org .

                 

     

RALC 2023 ANNUAL REPORT

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AGENDAS - REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF LEHIGH COUNTY

2024 RALC MEETING AGENDAS

January 18, 2024 agenda

February 22, 2024 agenda

March 7, 2024 agenda

2023 AGENDAS

First meeting, May 4, 2023, agenda                                           REVISED September 7, 2023

June 1, 2023 agenda                                                                    October 5, 2023 agenda

July 6, 2023 agenda                                                                      November 2, 2023 agenda

August 3, 2023 agenda                                                                 December 7, 2023 agenda

     

MINUTES - REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF LEHIGH COUNTY

     

REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF LEHIGH COUNTY RECORDED MEETINGS

2024 RALC RECORDINGS

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2023 RECORDINGS

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