Pottsville Continues Action Against Blight

Screen shot 2013-09-04 at 5.18.55 PM Last week, Pottsville Mayor JohN Reily told News 13 they are thinking about taking a wrecking ball through some homes. Now, he says, the city is taking those words into action. The city has compiled a list of hundreds of blighted buildings. And the top ten worst of them will be demolished sometime next year. Included in the worst blight home at 674 North Second Street, and a home that’s just a stone throw away from the Schuylkill County Courthouse. The home sits at 407 Laurel Blvd., and it’s porch roof is falling through, its floors are decaying, and vegetation grows on the building’s side.

From the back you can see its roof has fallen through the home, and bricks that support its side look ready to collapse.

Neighbors say they’re glad the city is finally doing something about the blight.

The City plans to lien the cost of the demolition to the owners of those properties, but that could be a challenge. So meanwhile, the city plans to spend $80,500 from a 2011 federal Community Development Block Grant. Another $75,000 comes from its 2012 CDBG grant. But to start the demolish process, the city first needs the green light from the Department of community and ecnomic develpoment.

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