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Minersville Blight Summit

Monday, July 22, 2019

Minersville Area High School Auditorium

7PM

 

Earlier this year, the Borough of Minersville convened a Task Force that has worked with a consultant to formulate strategies for addressing blighted properties in the Borough. These strategies will be shared with the public at a Blight Summit that will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7PM the Minersville High School Auditorium.  You are cordially invited to attend.

Public comment is encouraged before the strategies are formally presented to Borough Council as part of a comprehensive approach for addressing blighted properties.

The Strategy focuses on a three-prong approach for dealing with blighted properties:  prevention, remediation, and redevelopment; details of the draft plan will be fully discussed at the meeting.

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Bob Mahalchick at the Borough office:  bobmahalchick@minersville.comcastbiz.net or you may call the Borough office at 570-544-2149.

 

For Additional Information

Contact:

Christopher Gulotta

The Gulotta Group LLC

717-580-0439

 

Earlier this year, the Borough of Minersville convened a Task Force that has worked with a consultant to formulate strategies for addressing blighted properties in the Borough. These strategies will be shared with the public at a Blight Summit that will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7PM  the Minersville High School Auditorium.  Public comment is invited before the strategies are formally presented to Borough Council as part of a comprehensive approach for addressing blighted properties.

The Strategy focuses on a three-prong approach for dealing with blighted properties:  prevention, remediation, and redevelopment:

Preventing additional properties from become blighted is a cost-effective.  It is important to “stop the bleeding” so future efforts can be focused on cleaning up and repurposing blighted properties.  Specific strategies related to prevention include:

  • The Borough May Capture Data on Properties That Are At-Risk of Becoming Blighted in the Future
  • The Borough May Make Households Aware of Programs Available to Income-Eligible Households to Rehabilitate Properties

Remediating properties that are already blighted; specific strategies in the plan that relate to remediation include:

  • Appropriate Entities May Pursue the Appointment of a Conservator Under State Law to Demolish or Repair Blighted Properties
  • The Borough May Expand Financial Resources for the Demolition and Repair of Blighted properties by Pursuing State Grants
  • The Borough May Use the Emergency Measures Provision in the International Property Maintenance Code to Deal with Unsafe Properties
  • The Borough Can Encourage the District Attorney to Charge Repeat Code Violators with the Crime of Failure to Comply with a Code Requirement

 

Redeveloping blighted structures or vacant lots for productive uses consistent with community needs; specific strategies in the plan related to redevelopment include:

  • The Borough May Enact Programs to Incentivize Private Development
  • The Borough in Cooperation with the Schuylkill County Land Bank May Initiate a Side-Yard Disposition Program

An Action Plan will be finalized in the next few months to focus on how, when and where these strategies should be implemented.  Implementation of the plan will be the responsibility of an Action Team that will monitor progress in meeting plan objectives.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

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