If you’re a property developer, Tioga Co. Property Development Corp. wants to hear from you

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Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM EDT
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OWEGO (WBNG) - the Tioga County Property Development Corporation, a New York Land Bank, is seeking requests from those with a vision. It’s currently looking over proposals for the redevelopment of a number of properties in some neighborhoods.

When it comes to the request for proposals, this is in regards to some distressed properties within the county. “They’re typically extremely in distress or blighted conditions. So they have become eyesores in their neighborhoods. At the same time, they do have great potential,” said Land Bank Director Brittany Woodburn.

Two properties included in this rehabilitation effort from Owego, for example, are 437 Front Street and the plot of land behind the fire station along Liberty Street and Temple Street. “For 437 Front Street, what we envision is the rehabilitation of a single-family home and then it being sold,” said Woodburn. “For the Temple and Liberty Street properties, we’re open to proposals and what local developers or housing developers have planned for that space. I think it would be great to see single-family homes, duplexes, townhouses, something like that.”

“Tioga County a couple years back did a housing study that it was determined that Tioga County as a whole, specifically the Village of Owego, is in pretty big need of decent housing,” said Village of Owego Mayor Mike Baratta.

In addition to addressing this need, the land bank director chimes in on the ripple effect when rehabilitating properties. “They definitely bring up the neighborhood as a whole and the community,” said Woodburn. “By taking on these projects and working with our local partners, we’re able to help communities in Tioga County and Owego revitalize their neighborhoods and improve their housing stock.”

the Village of Owego mayor goes over what’s enticing about Owego for developers. “The historic downtown. We’re a very walkable community,” he said.

For more information and to see proposal deadlines, head to this website and then click ‘projects’ at the bottom of the page.

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