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RDA Disposition Instructions

The City of York Redevelopment Authority (RDA) actively seeks experienced and financially solvent developers to enter into redevelopment contracts for one or more of the blighted, vacant residential properties in its blight repository. Redevelopment Authority staff will evaluate and screen proposals to be presented to the RDA’s five-member board for approval. The Authority’s highest priority is to transfer title of residential properties for single-family home ownership; a disproportionate number of rental property owners that presently operate throughout the City of York drive this goal. The proliferation of absentee landlords has diminished the quality of life in several distressed neighborhoods throughout the community. It is our hope that by making a priority to sell the present stock of blighted homes to those qualified developers expressly interested in deconverting multifamily units back to single family occupancy for home ownership is in the best interest of the community overall. This effort is to help stabilize the surrounding neighborhoods, reduce blight, and increase overall property values.

If proposals are determined to be of benefit to the neighborhoods in which the blighted, vacant structure sits, redevelopment contracts will be required to begin construction within three months of receiving title and, under most circumstances, must complete the rehabilitation project within 12 months. Further, the RDA requires deed restrictions calling for compliance with the Uniform Construction Code of the City of York. A redevelopment contract with the RDA will obligate the purchaser to compensate the RDA for an amount that approximates, whenever possible, the costs it has incurred in obtaining title to the premises, which is typically the appraised value (in most cases, the RDA has paid for appraisals), plus reasonable legal fees, and a reasonable transaction fee to the RDA.

Any other intended reuse of a property will be considered on its respective merits and the consideration being offered to the Authority. As such, all proposals are evaluated on how it is directly related to the level of compatibility of the RDA’s stated objectives. Submittals provided to staff should include the following items to be considered a comprehensive proposal. Any deficiencies must be addressed before any proposal is evaluated by staff and subsequently put before the board for consideration.

  • MAI Certified Appraisal using at least two of the common valuation approaches; notably the sales comparison and the income approach.
  • A set of building plans that detail the proposed reuse of the property including any deconversion of multi-tenant properties or changes to the existing layout of a building. *Please note: at this stage these drawings can be preliminary sketches and not full fledged construction documents. The purpose is to clearly illustrate to staff and the Board the scope of work being proposed for the project.
  • Provide a tentative construction schedule of the work to be performed from acquisition, including financing, through Substantial Completion –obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy - and Final Completion.


The City of York offers gratis pre-development conferences to answer any questions related to the entitlement process (i.e. zoning, planning, building plan review, life safety, and utility infrastructure). All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Economic & Community Development’s Bureau of Permits, Planning, & Zoning to avail them of this resource. For more information, please contact Tonya Thompson Morgan at 717-843-4948 or tthompso@yorkcity.org


Proposal Review & RDA Board Consideration Policy

The Redevelopment Authority Board will consider projects after city staff issues recommendations based upon due diligence and review. For the RDA board to take formal action, the developer/development team must fulfill all proposal criteria outlined below.

As with other parcels owned by the RDA, the RDA has five screening criteria, upon which the RDA requires written commitments and written evidence before placing the property in question on the RDA’s monthly agenda for board action.

Written proposals must be received fifteen (15) business days prior to the RDA’s next meeting in order for the staff to properly evaluate proposals. Under no circumstances will the RDA’s board vote upon an agenda item having to do with the transfer, sale, or lease of real property unless RDA staff receives fully completed, written responses to the following five criteria:

  1. Full completion of the RDA’s Development Application available online or in hard copy at 101 S. George St., York, PA 17401;
  2. Strength of submitted project plan to be evaluated by staff. Plan must include project scope, budget, architectural/engineer drawings and timeline.  Please note: for option contracts or rights to negotiate, an official project plan is not required, but a conceptual description and budget estimation is;
  3. Written evidence of work experience and/or work products in the category of construction, rehabilitation, or adaptive reuse as proposed in the conceptual plan by the applicant. This can take the form of a summary of qualifications that corresponds with most recent projects completed by the applicant;
  4. Written evidence of financial ability of the applicant to complete the proposed project, including, for example, bank statement/s and/or letter/s from the entity’s bank/s noting the entity’s credit facilities. Provide copies of applicable pre-approval letters and personal or business bank statements. Attach to the back of this application. (i.e., accumulated value of bank accounts and/or line/s of credit) Without evidence, as specifically noted above, this requirement application of finance will not be considered;
  5. Financial consideration proposed in writing (e.g., right to negotiation, or land lease, revenue sharing, and/or building sales agreement).

The five-member RDA Board reserves the right to decline any proposals. Proposals must be directed to: Secretary, City of York Redevelopment Authority, 101 S. George St. York, PA 17401.