NeighborWorks Plans 10-Year Effort to Improve West Scranton

From: WNEP-16

NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania is looking for suggestions from folks in Scranton. The organization kicked off a decade-long effort to improve West Side.

NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania has found a new home for its latest project. The community development nonprofit will soon move its offices to Smith Street in west Scranton. And to say thanks to the new neighborhood, NeighborWorks is promising a ten-year effort to tackle some of West Side’s main problems. “I think there’s, you know, just like many neighborhoods in northeastern Pennsylvania, there’s blight, issues with blight, decreasing home ownership which can be a problem for an older neighborhood like this, aging housing stock, you know, the business community needs investment along Main Avenue. All of those things are things we want to address through this process,” said NeighborWorks’ Jesse Ergott. Wells Fargo bank put up $100,000 to get everything started. Organizers say they will look for more grant money over the next decade to be spent in west Scranton.

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