Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Community Revitalization, Blight Elimination in Harrison Township, Allegheny County

August 15, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to eliminate blight in Harrison Township, Allegheny County, revitalizing the community and enticing economic development in the area.

“Communities have long struggled with how to combat the challenges posed by the unoccupied, vacant buildings,” said Governor Wolf. “This grant will help Harrison Township tackle blight and transform the community.”

Harrison Township was awarded a $500,000 grant to continue its blight elimination initiative. The funding will be used to raze multiple dangerous structures throughout the township and redevelop the land to make it usable. Additionally, the health and safety of the community will be improved as several of the buildings targeted contain asbestos or lead paint. The project will advance blight elimination work supported by a 2017 Keystone Communities Program grant.

Eliminating and preventing blight is crucial to ensuring every community in Pennsylvania is a great place to live and work. The Harrison Township project is expected to bring economic growth through enhanced property values, a stronger local tax base, and increased commercial and residential development.

“This is huge for Harrison Township,” said Rep. Frank Dermody. “The state’s money is limited and should be used where it can have a big impact. I thank Governor Tom Wolf for approving the release of money to help the township take out dangerous blighted structures and significantly improve some key blocks so they are ready for new homes and businesses. With this help from the state, Harrison Township can look forward to cleaner blocks, better streets and more jobs.”

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

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