$500,000 State Grant to Boost New Kensington’s Blight Fight

New Kensington will get $500,000 through a state grant program to continue its ongoing fight against blight throughout the city.

“This is very important,” Mayor Tom Guzzo said. “We have been looking for ways to fund demolition in our blighted areas, and this will go a long way toward our revitalization plan as a whole.”

The city worked with state leaders to secure the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for a revitalization project that includes environmental testing of properties, abatement of contamination, demolition of dangerous structures, disconnection of utility lines, and preparation of the properties for redevelopment.

The project is expected to bring economic growth through enhanced property values, a stronger local tax base, and increased commercial and residential development. The city’s sanitary authority will be replacing infrastructure to bring the system into compliance to serve the project area.

“This project is a great example of our continued efforts to revitalize Pennsylvania’s communities by battling blight and contamination,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “This funding will help New Kensington create a safer community that is prime for redevelopment.”

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