Wolf Administration Announces Blight Elimination Projects in New Kensington

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced funding for the elimination of blight from the community of New Kensington, Westmoreland County.

“This project is a great example of our continued efforts to revitalize Pennsylvania’s communities by battling blight and contamination,” said Governor Wolf. “This funding will help New Kensington create a safer community that is prime for redevelopment.”

The City of New Kensington was approved for a $500,000 grant for environmental testing of properties, abatement of contamination, demolition of dangerous structures, disconnection of utility lines, and preparation of the properties for redevelopment. The city’s sanitary authority will be replacing infrastructure to bring the system into compliance to serve the project area. The project is expected to bring economic growth through enhanced property values, a stronger local tax base, and increased commercial and residential development.

“Wonderful things are happening in New Kensington,” said Representative Frank Dermody. “This tremendous state support is a major boost to the city’s continuing work to address properties with environmental and public safety issues and get them ready for new development. It’s a great new chapter in the story that’s being written by the people of New Kensington.”

“It’s an honor to have helped bring $500,000 to the NK Revitalization project in Westmoreland County,” said Senator James Brewster. “The City of New Kensington is taking an environmentally responsible approach to its sanitation system, and this grant will go a long way to provide the proper testing and preparation for new infrastructure.”

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

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