Wilkes-Barre Citizen Blight Committee plan weekend clean up


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Blighted buildings have caused some concern for residents in area communities.

“We go out for two hours and we do something good. It gives everyone a good feeling that we leave the place a lot better than when we arrived,” said Greg Griffin with the Wilkes-Barre Area Citizen Blight Committee.

That’s the message Griffin and the blight committee spreads as he and the group clean up blighted areas in and around the city.

This weekend, they’re taking that enthusiasm to the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Station along Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. He says the owner of the property, George Albert, was thankful Griffin and the crew wanted to remove the blight at the landmark location.

“We want to help be in on the ground floor of the restoration and Mr. Albert, it’s a great privilege that he’s allowed us to be on this property,” said Griffin.

Griffin told Eyewitness News that they passed on Mr. Albert’s offer to help pay for the clean-up. He says as long as the municipality or land owner provides for the disposal of the trash, the committee is ‘committed’ to get the job done.

“We appreciate Mr. Albert’s offer of paying us and donating. We could always use bags and stuff, but it’s really not a costly project to clean up an area,” said Griffin.

Griffin mentions they will be cleaning up piles of wood outside but they will also be heading inside to clean up more debris. Griffin said items like old mattresses, trash and clutter will be removed. He stresses that the committee will not be altering or removing any of the buildings original elements.

“Rain or shine, we’ll be here. We’re just going to restore a beautiful building back to it’s historical significance,” said Griffin.

Eyewitness News reached out to Albert for a comment, but we have not yet received a response.
The clean-up will begin Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.

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