HARRISBURG – Schuylkill County communities have won a $1.4 million state grant to fight blight, according to Senator David G. Argall, Representative Neal Goodman, and Representative Jerry Knowles.
This news comes after a long, bipartisan effort to secure this funding. The process to acquire these grants is a highly competitive and difficult process.
“We have a serious need to tear down old and blighted structures throughout our county,” said Argall. “Blight affects us all – it lowers our property values, it strains the real estate market, it hurts our schools, it breeds crime, and poses a serious threat to our safety and well-being. This issue continues to be a top issue in many of our older communities.”
“As a former Mahanoy City councilman, I know firsthand that one of the most difficult problems a community faces is removal of blighted properties. This money will go a long way towards revitalizing and redeveloping Schuylkill County municipalities,” said Goodman.
“Our region really needs this funding, and this will go a long way to help make us thrive,” said Rep. Jerry Knowles. “Blighted properties are a safety hazard and can cause crime in our neighborhoods. In addition, it creates economic burdens for our local governments. We need a clean-up. Our infrastructure is the foundation for strong and vibrant communities.”
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