Deasy: $500,000 in grants awarded to Allegheny County blight remediation projects

HARRISBURG, May 25 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded a combined $500,000 to two blight remediation projects that would make way for affordable housing and future development, said state Rep. Dan Deasy.

Deasy said $300,000 was awarded to McKees Rocks to purchase up to 10 properties that will be renovated and turned into affordable housing. Another $200,000 was awarded to Char-West Council of Governments to demolish 12 blighted properties, some of which will require asbestos abatement, throughout 10 Allegheny County municipalities, including some in Deasy’s legislative district. The project plans to restore each site for future development.

“This funding is an investment in better, safer communities,” said Deasy, D-Allegheny. “Blighted properties in McKees Rocks will become affordable homes for families, while the Char-West Council of Governments project is getting rid of harmful asbestos lingering in some communities and creating space for new developments.”

The CFA awarded a total of $12 million from its Blight Remediation Program for planning and remediation projects across the state.