Gas fees pay for rental rehabs

Natural gas impact fees continue to help pay part of the rental rehabilitation of apartments in the city.

Nearly $42,500 in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funds taken from Marcellus Shale impact fees and realty transfer taxes are going to help repair two properties near Memorial Homes.

The city Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday recommended approval of the funding for the rental rehabilitations.

One property is a double unit at 1451 and 1453 Memorial Ave. The applicant wants to repair the kitchens in these apartments, said Carl Mazur, of city Community Development.

The funds to be received are $21,241, and the owner of the rental will pay 15 percent, or $3,748, he said.

“(It’s) a complete kitchen rehabilitation,” Mazur told the authority.

A second property is 517 Stevens St., where five apartments will be provided with 35 replacement windows, entry doors, wrapped sills and vinyl siding. The funds amount to $21,250, and the owner matches that with $3,750.

The resources are coming from 2015 housingfunds, Mazur said.