Blighted property sale approved in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO—The 200 block of West Second Street will soon see some improvement.

On Wednesday, Borough Council approved the sale of 242-244 and 246 W. Second St., to Luminest Community Development.

The homes next to Renaissance Place were blighted properties and acquired by the borough in 2019.

Last year, Luminest Community Development announced plans to purchase the properties to develop into affordable housing. The sale was approved Wednesday for $30,000.

Due to the dilapidated condition, Luminest plans to raze the buildings and construct new homes. When built, the homes are expected to appraise for around $150,00 and could be sold to qualifying homeowners, thanks to grant funding.

Earlier this year, Luminest officials worked with borough, county and state Historical Preservation Office officials to address concerns over development, as the buildings are in Waynesboro’s Historic District.

“We went through a very long process of review,” Nicole Boling, senior planner for Franklin County, said last month. “The homes are in terrible condition and very dangerous.”

“We’re looking forward to the transformation of the neighborhood with those homes,” said Borough Manager Jason Stains.