Mayor Papenfuse to Meet with Residents on Announcement of $1.65 Million in Federal Funding for Sinkhole Mitigation Project

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Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City officials will hold a neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at the Mt. Olive Church, 1331 So. 14th St., to discuss the award of $1.65 million in federal funding for the sinkhole mitigation project.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City officials will hold a neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at the Mt. Olive Church, 1331 So. 14th St., to discuss the award of $1.65 million in federal funding for the sinkhole mitigation project.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the City’s application for funding for the sinkhole mitigation project on South 14th Street.

The announcement comes after a coordinated effort by federal officials, state leaders and agencies and the City of Harrisburg. A local match of $550,000 will provide a total of $2,200,000 for the first phase of the project. The state Department of Community and Economic Development is working to finalize funding to provide the local match.

In the announcement of the funds, Mayor Papenfuse thanked federal, state, county and local officials and noted the negative impact the sinkholes have had on residents of the 14th street area.

This initial funding will cover the acquisition and demolition of the first 25 homes on the 1400 block of South 14th Street between Cloverly Terrace and Magnolia Street. Following demolition, the site will be excavated to a depth of 10 feet and backfilled. The site will be zoned as green space without the possibility for future construction.

City officials still are trying to obtain additional funding to cover the remaining homes that are part of the project. A funding request from the City of Harrisburg is currently under consideration by the non-profit Impact Harrisburg, which was established to aid in the city’s financial recovery.” data-links=”{}”>Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the City’s application for funding for the sinkhole mitigation project on South 14th Street.

The announcement comes after a coordinated effort by federal officials, state leaders and agencies and the City of Harrisburg. A local match of $550,000 will provide a total of $2,200,000 for the first phase of the project. The state Department of Community and Economic Development is working to finalize funding to provide the local match.

In the announcement of the funds, Mayor Papenfuse thanked federal, state, county and local officials and noted the negative impact the sinkholes have had on residents of the 14th street area.

This initial funding will cover the acquisition and demolition of the first 25 homes on the 1400 block of South 14th Street between Cloverly Terrace and Magnolia Street. Following demolition, the site will be excavated to a depth of 10 feet and backfilled. The site will be zoned as green space without the possibility for future construction.

City officials still are trying to obtain additional funding to cover the remaining homes that are part of the project. A funding request from the City of Harrisburg is currently under consideration by the non-profit Impact Harrisburg, which was established to aid in the city’s financial recovery.

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