Caltagirone applauds near-$1M project to fight blight in Reading

READING, July 31 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone applauded today’s announcement that the Industrial Sites Reuse Program will clean up a blighted property in Berks County and prepare it to be used as residential properties.

“I have focused on writing legislation to help correct blight, not only in Reading, but throughout Pennsylvania,” Caltagirone said. “Projects like this are necessary to restore and revitalize our communities.

“I’m looking forward to the day when this project restores this section of Reading and creates safe homes for the next generation of Berks County families.”

The project announced today would:

  • Grant $878,612 to the Redevelopment Authority of the city of Reading for environmental remediation of the former Buttonwood Gateway site.

  • Revitalize a long-blighted property by constructing 28 interlocking townhomes with integral parking garages, 12 walk-up apartments and six three-bedroom townhomes, each with individual entrances and on-site parking.

ISRP funds will be used to excavate the soil to an off-site disposal facility; place a cap to eliminate direct contact with soil; install monitory wells and three separate phase liquid recovery wells; conduct quarterly groundwater sampling, soil sampling and separate phase liquid sampling; liquid waste characterization and disposal; drum disposal; soil vapor reporting; inspections; well abandonment; and reporting.

This is one of three approved projects around the state announced today. Earlier this year, Caltagirone’s H.B. 896 to fight blight in Pennsylvania passed the House unanimously.