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City officials hear blight eradication plan 

By Nancy Lowry, New Castle News

Published: November 18, 2017

Before long, overtime parking night not be the only ticket-able offense in New Castle.

A suggestion to issue similar fines to code violators has been made to city council.

Since June, the city’s Blighted Properties Task Force has met to develop a community-driven strategy to eliminate urban blight. Working with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania through a $36,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant available under Act 47, members identified obstacles preventing the city from improving its tax base and focused on underused commercial buildings and restoring single-family homes.

Alliance representatives Christopher Gulotta and Diana Kerr formulated a plan that can be used as a basis for securing state and federal funds, which they presented to elected officials and code enforcement officials, including Anthony Cioffi and New Castle Fire Chief Eric Lee Perry who served as code enforcement director.

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