MAYOR PAPENFUSE APPLAUDS PROJECT TO USE COLORFUL, ARTISTIC PANELS TO BOARD UP BLIGHTED BUILDINGS

 May 23, 2014

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will attend a press conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 245 S. 13th St. to support a program to use painted panels to board up condemned and abandoned houses with the help of troops from the National Guard.

The program to board up blighted properties in Harrisburg is a collaborative effort involving the City of Harrisburg, Tri County Community Action, Penn State Harrisburg and the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force. Artistic, painted panels will be used to board up the buildings in the program that began May 19 and continues through Sept. 30.

Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug forces will install ten of the panels from 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

“We are grateful to the National Guard and to our other partners for their assistance with this important effort,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We are firm in our commitment to make our communities safer and more beautiful.”

Five of the properties are located within the Allison Hill neighborhood and were identified by Tri County Community Action’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

Among the properties involve in the board-up are:

·        1261 S 13th St.

·        1263 S 13th St.

·        1265 S 13th St.

·        1267 S 13th St.

·        1418 Berryhill St.

·        1250 Reese St.

·        246 Hummel St.

·        347 Hummel St.

·        2130 N 4th St.

·        2469 Reel St.

·        2467 Reel St.

·        2135 Jefferson St.

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For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at jdavis@cityofhbg.com; or call 717 255 3015.

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