Mullery secures $298,870 to fight blight in Newport Township

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced a state grant totaling $298,870 was awarded to Newport Township for its ongoing effort to fight blighted properties.

“Removing blighted properties is a win-win for our communities,” Mullery said. “It not only makes neighborhoods beautiful for residents to enjoy, but also makes these communities more attractive to tourists and visitors. I am pleased to see this project get the funding it needs, so these unsafe eyesores can be demolished.”

Prior to the pandemic starting, Newport Township was working hard with Representative Mullery’s office to make blight a priority. We were worried that the pandemic was going to hinder our progress until today. These funds will go a long way to combat blight in Glen Lyon and throughout Newport Township,“ said Joe Hillan,  Newport Township manager.

The funding comes from the Blight Remediation program and will be used to remove 18 blighted properties that are either currently on the Luzerne County Repository list or with owners who are willing to cooperate with the removal process with the understanding they will retain ownership. The funding will be used for demolition, engineering, legal and administrative costs.  

The Blight Remediation program was created under the Commonwealth Financing Authority in 2019. It is a reimbursable grant program that awards grants up to $25,000 for planning projects to develop blight plans and grants up to $300,000 for remediation projects to demolish and clear blighted properties, acquire properties to demolish or rehabilitate them, rehabilitation or reconstruction of blight properties, and administrative costs.