Mercury File Photo
This blighted twin on King Street will be torn down and replaced with a structure to expand services from the YWVA TriCounty Area.
Pottstown has received two grants worth more than $120,000 that will be used to tear down a blighted property on King Street and replace it with an expansion of the YWCA TriCounty Area building next door.
|The original YWCA TriCounty Area building is next door.|
PAID and the YWCA Tri-County Area are partnering on a project for the demolition and cleanup of two blighted properties at 323 and 325 King Street in Pottstown, which will be replaced by a structure to serve youth empowerment programming, early childhood education, community meeting space and administrative offices.
“PAID is appreciative for this latest vital grant award from the Blight Remediation Program,” Peggy Lee-Clark, executive director of PAID, said in a release announcing the funding.
|State Rep. Tim Hennessey|
The structures were donated to the YWCA in 2015. The YWCA will contribute $10,838 in matching funds toward the project
“The structures, deteriorated by long-term water damage, have been a magnet for squatters and vandals,” said Hennessey. “It was determined that neither structure could be easily rehabilitated and do not fit into the current or future programming needs of the YWCA.”
Stacey Woodland, chief executive officer of the YWCA Tri-County Area said: “YWCA Tri-County Area, having been part of the Pottstown community since 1908, is thrilled to be able to support this property investment in the community."
YWCA TriCounty Area CEO Stacey Woodland, left,
gives PA Sen. Bob Casey a tour of the Y's early education
program during a visit in 2019.
“Blight is not only unsightly, it poses health and safety hazards in our communities and hampers economic development,” Hennessey said in a release from his office. “I am pleased to announce the CFA has awarded two state grants to address specific blighted properties in Pottstown."
“This is exactly the type of funding that directly helps municipalities make the improvements that improve aesthetics but also safety,” said Ciresi in a separate release from his office. “I’m proud of and excited for Pottstown and the borough, PAID and YWCA for their efforts to secure these grants. I know that this funding will enhance our deserving community and keep Pottstown on the path to revitalization.”
|State Rep. Joe Ciresi.|
The $28,000 grant will be used for renovation, partial demolition, fees and administration costs. The borough will provide $3,250 in matching funds.
“This grant award will help to advance stabilization efforts for blighted residential housing inventories in the Borough of Pottstown,” Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller said in the release.
“The funding will be used to improve the appearance of blighted properties and position these properties for future disposition to new owner-occupied owners who share the borough’s goal of promoting responsible and productive end uses that improve the quality of life while also benefiting the borough’s tax base,” Keller said.