Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez believes that healthy neighborhoods are the backbone of a strong Bethlehem.
His administration has taken a more aggressive approach to blighting properties in hopes of spurring action on them and he’s targeted individual neighborhoods he sees on the cusp of sliding in the wrong direction.
Last week, the city released the results of its nine-month long blight analysis of Bethlehem and it’s real estate market. Now city officials are starting to implement some of the recommendations.
Bethlehem hired the Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund to complete the study and also formed an advisory committee comprised of 22 government, nonprofit and private organizations to weigh in on the project.
The study was funded via a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority.
“This study puts us on the path to ensure a more data-driven approach to mitigating blight in Bethlehem,” Mayor Robert Donchez said in a news release. “The findings provide a framework to help the City target future housing, recreation and public works investments, build partnerships with community organizations on initiatives and amend policies to better combat blight.”