Survey of Abandoned Structures Completed

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Glenn Engineering, Wilkinsburg’s borough engineering firm, has just completed a study of abandoned structures in the borough. A total of 663 vacant structures were evaluated and prioritized based on their structural condition, security, tax status and use for illicit activities. Council intends to use this study to prioritize demolition sites and also to consider options for rehabilitation of structures abandoned, but rehab-able. Council just recently authorized an application for a CITF (Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund) grant from Allegheny County in the amount of $110,000 to demolish 12 structures which are in a partial state of collapse. Council has also applied for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $168,000 to demolish 21 structures. If approved, this work would commence in 2009. Council has authorized the filing of an application for a CITF grant in the amount of $140,000 for the repaving of Graham Blvd. from Gaywood through the intersection with Laketon Road, Laketon Road from Graham to Douglass and Douglass Drive from Laketon to Robinson Boulevard. This route would be a primary access route for the new Wal Mart/Lowe’s development at the former East Hills Shopping Center site.

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