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Bethlehem continues blight fight with call for developers

By: Sara K. Satullo , Easton- Express Times

Published: May 9, 2017

Bethlehem’s mayor is continuing his fight against blighted properties. Monday Mayor Bob Donchez announced that the city is forming a pool of developers that want to purchase and rehab city homes that have been deemed blighted, according to a news release.If property owners refuse to fix blight certified properties, they can be condemned under the Urban Redevelopment Law. The city wants to compile a list of developers interested in blighted homes that might be available through condemnation.

When opportunities arise to buy blighted properties, the city will alert the pool.”Creating a pool of residential developers with an interest in blight remediation is another step forward as we focus efforts and resources toward neighborhood improvements,” Donchez said in a news release. “We look forward to working with our community partners and developers to reclaim neglected properties and to bring those properties back up to community standards.”20 properties Bethlehem wants cleaned up now.

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