Grant money used to tear down blighted homes in Shenandoah

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SHENANDOAH, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Getting more bang for their buck… Schuylkill County leaders are bundling blighted properties together into one project.

13 homes on Centre Street in Shenandoah were torn down. Those homes had been destroyed by a fire back in 2016. The money to demolish them came from a one-point-four-million-dollar grant that the county received last year. Officials say they’re at the midway point with that funding, having demolished 56 properties throughout the county so far.
  
“It’s not just about taking building downs, it’s about what can come in the future to replace them. Hopefully that’s new homes, jobs, vitality for a community like Shenandoah,” said Senator David Argall (R) Schuylkill/Berks.

“The community gets cleaned up, it’s just a win win situation for everyone,” said Rep. Neal Goodman (D) Schuylkill.

Leaders say it’s just another example of how that funding is changing the face of Schuylkill County for the better.

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