City forming blight action team

By: Debbie Wachter, New Castle News

Published: Oct 6, 2017

New Castle’s mayor has the task of appointing seven people to serve on a blight action team.

The team’s goal will be to identify five properties within the city that are considered to be blighted and that have the highest potential for being repurposed. The action team will meet every other month, and, in hand with the city, will work with the owners of those properties to make changes to reuse them.

Forming of a blight action team was one of several strategies recommended by Christopher Gulotta of Easton, a consultant hired by the city to advise it as to how to rid the community of blight.

Gulotta and Diana Kerr have been working with a 13-member task force appointed by Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo to address blight and develop strategies to eliminate it in the city. Gulotta and Kerr are under contract with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and are available to New Castle as a distressed city under Act 47. The city received a $36,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant to create a blight elimination plan.

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