School board meeting, January 16:
The board approved the acquisition of property at 521 Locust St. by the Lancaster County Land Bank.
When a property in the county is vacated, foreclosed or tax delinquent, it becomes eligible for purchase by the land bank. Once obtained, these properties can be rehabilitated and returned to a saleable state.
Kathleen Hohenadel, board vice president, said a fire recently occurred at 521 Locust St. and resulted in severe structural damage. By request of the property owner, plans are underway for the land bank to both acquire and restore this property.
What's next: The land bank now requires a vote of approval from Columbia Borough Council before it can proceed.