Pottstown Remediation Projects Win State Funding
POTTSTOWN PA – Two blight remediation projects in the borough won a combined $125,542 in funding Tuesday (May 25, 2021), as part of a total $12 million package of grants distributed to 84 municipalities and agencies by Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.
Pottstown Area Industrial Development Inc. is receiving a $97,542 to demolish two Pottstown structures that were donated to the YWCA in 2015; and the Borough of Pottstown will get $28,000 for renovation, partial demolition, fees and administration costs “to rehabilitate a residential property that presents a danger to the community,” in details provided by state 26th Legislative District Rep. Tim Hennessey (at top).
The blight remediation program was created in 2020 to help municipalities tackle a variety of activities intended to make communities safer and more pleasant, Wolf said. Projects include demolishing abandoned properties, preparing sites for redevelopment, repairing roadways and curbs, building new residences, and redeveloping brownfield sites.
The YWCA “structures, deteriorated by long-term water damage, have been a magnet for squatters and vandals,” Hennessey explained. Studies determined neither structure could be easily rehabilitated, and do not fit into current or future programming needs of the YWCA.” The project includes demolition, environmental cleanup, permitting and administration costs. The YWCA is contributing $10,838 in matching funds.
The residence in the borough “is one half of a duplex,” Hennessey noted, “so renovation is necessary to preserve the structural integrity of the adjoining unit.” The borough is providing $3,250 in matching funds.
The financing authority is an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Th department oversees the Commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages and holds fiduciary responsibility for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.