Schuylkill County receives nearly $1 million to fight blight

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Money to fight blight is heading to Schuylkill County.

Senator David Argall announced Thursday Schuylkill County organizations received over $980,000 in grants. This funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. 

“Blight affects us all — it lowers our property values, it strains the real estate market, it hurts our schools, it breeds crime, and poses a serious threat to our safety and well-being,” said Argall.  “This issue continues to be a top issue in many of our older communities.  I was pleased to work with our State Representatives to see that Schuylkill County was selected to receive this highly competitive funding.”

The city of Pottsville received $300,000 for 17 properties.  The Borough of Tamaqua received $100,000 for seven properties. Mahanoy City Borough received $300,000 for seven properties. The Schuylkill County Land Bank received $280,000 for 10 properties in Ashland, Delano Township, Frackville, Girardville, Minersville and Shenandoah.

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