Sharpsburg targets blighted homes for demolition
At least three blighted homes in Sharpsburg will be razed as officials try to erase eyesores and safety hazards from the neighborhood.
The borough was awarded $55,000 through the Allegheny County Community Development Block Grant program to pay for demolition.
“It’s a huge impact,” councilman Jon Jaso said. “The money will help us reduce another three or four blighted properties to help towards our revitalization era.”
At its peak, the borough had more than 200 dilapidated properties that needed to be targeted, Jaso said.
Today, there are less than 20 thanks to Sharpsburg’s participation in the Allegheny County Tri-COG Land Bank to address vacated, blighted or condemned homes.
Manager Bill Rossey said there are no details for upcoming work.
“The properties have yet to be decided,” he said.
Jaso is eager to move forward with removing blighted properties so council can review options for future development. He imagines some of the properties will become green space or new single-family homes.
“Or, maybe even a couple tiny houses,” he said. “We can decide the best thing for the property.”
The block grant comes just after Sharpsburg officials announced last week that the borough will get a $500,000 federal grant to revitalize Main Street.