Cressona residents say condemned property is creating a safety concerns


(WBRE/ WYOU)- There are blighted properties across Pennsylvania, and especially in Schuylkill County.

Some are creating more alarm for the people who live around them than others. 

“It makes me sick,” Richard Wright, Cressona resident said.

Wright lives directly across the street from a condemned house Columbia Avenue in Cressona. 

He wants the borough to do something about it. 

“They need to get rid of it. Like board it up, knock it down. I’d be happy of they put a playground in,” Wright said.

Wright says the property is owned by a man in Pottsville. Cressona mayor, Gail knauf tells Eyewitness News the borough is doing the best it can to respond to the residents complaints but says their hands are tied. 
    The borough condemned the property in 2017,  but residents want to see more and quicker action. 

“Neighbors say there are a lot of kids live in this neighborhood. And their biggest concern is one of them getting hurt in there.”

Neighbors say it’s a fire hazard that makes it unsafe for people to even walk by.

The property has been blighted for several years now and residents are concerned it’s condition will only get worse.

“As the summer goes a long, they don’t take care of it, the weeds will be six, seven…Seven feet high before the end of the summer. Like last summer before they finally did mow it,” Samuel Sliceman, A Cressona resident said.

Addition to it being an eyesore, neighbors say they’ve also seen rodents and even snakes on the property. 

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