Lansford Alive is hosting a free guided real estate tour of vacant commercial properties from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Tour guests will begin assembling at the Lansford Family Restaurant on 28 W. Ridge at 10 a.m.. The tour will leave promptly at 11 a.m.. Registration is not required to attend; however, an RSVP is encouraged. Please call (570)645-7561 or email lshcpmanagerATgmail.com.

The goal of the tour is to encourage investors, entrepreneurs, and business owners to consider purchasing and restoring one of the many affordable historic buildings in downtown Lansford. On the list are about a dozen properties both for sale and for rent. Some are represented by real estate agents, and some are for sale by owner. A wide variety of commercial building options will be toured: churches, factories, warehouse/storage, storefronts, build-to-suit, and restaurants. Several of the buildings feature unique historical details such as tin ceilings and stained glass windows.

The tour will be co-guided by David Benevy and Sara Ruch. Benevy owns several commercial properties in town and can give an insider's view of what it's like to own property in Lansford. Ruch is the project manager of the Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership, an organization that works closely with Lansford Alive on downtown revitalization projects.

Since its founding in 2000, Lansford Alive has been working to revitalize the commercial district of Lansford, Pennsylvania by using a five-point approach to downtown revitalization. The five points are: community improvement, design, economic restructuring, historic preservation & tourism, and organization.