ATLAS - Elderly housing apartments could be going up in Atlas after blighted structures come down.

At the township's board of supervisors meeting Wednesday, code enforcement officer Don Geary said the township is in the process of acquiring properties in the 100 block of Girard Street that are blighted, including several damaged by fire.

"We are in the process of talking with owners, and some properties have already been turned over to us," Geary said.

When resident Randy Zigarski asked if the township has had any interest in another entity taking over the lots, Geary discussed a possible plan.

"The county, through its redevelopment authority, is looking to put up apartment buildings for elderly housing," Geary said.

Supervisor Charles Gasperetti said the township would be reimbursed by the county for the money spent to acquire and raze properties.

In October, four of the homes being considered were destroyed in an fast-moving early morning blaze.

A double home, which is occupied and in good shape, stands in the middle of the blighted properties and will remain.

"The key to this whole thing is getting everyone on board, and, with the exception of one or two people we have yet to talk to, we are well on our way," Gasperetti said.

In other business

The board voted 2-0 with Gasperetti and Reynold Scicchitano to advertise for bids on a 2000 Ford Explorer, a former police vehicle. The vehicle will be sold "as is." There is a reserve price.

Handicapped parking spaces in front of the homes of Robert Fanella, Ann Nowroski, Robert and Joan Wagner, Patricia Dobeck, Joanne Weitkamp and Francis Kwiatkowski were approved.

A staff member of Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11) will conduct a community outreach session in the township's meeting room from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.