BLIGHT REMEDIATION – A $1 Million Redevelopment and Capital Assistance Program grant from the state is earmarked for the launch of a vacant property plan in McKees Rocks.
The grant awarded to McKees Rocks and 3241 Development will support the renovation of up to 10 blighted properties, returning them to homeownership. The initial focus area for the project is Woodward, Boquet, and Grove streets. As project work continues other areas will be targeted.
The project is moving forward as a partnership between the borough, McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation and resident members of the Vacant Property Task Force. The resident group was created after the January 2020 Vacant Property Town Hall hosted by the borough and MRCDC and is still accepting membership.
Project coordinators estimate 9-12 months will be needed to acquire the target properties, and another 18-24 to complete the project. Programming will also be coordinated to allow interested residents access to the tools needed to become homeowners.
The state grant was provided through the support of Sen. Wayne Fontana and Rep. Dan Deasy. Additional needed funds are being sought in support of the overall project.
- $1 million development grant to jumpstart vacant housing project
- McKees Rocks Housing Strategy & Work Plan
VACANT PROPERTY TASK FORCE
What: Monthly virtual meeting
When: 2nd Mondays @ 7 p.m.
Where: Online with Zoom
Who: Interested community residents
How: Email Tom Hardy – firstname.lastname@example.org