Quantcast

Harrisburg's mayor launches fight on blight - abc27 WHTM

Harrisburg's mayor launches fight on blight

Posted: Updated:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse says he will keep his campaign promise to crack down on blight and property owners who are breaking the law.

Papenfuse said the recent arrest of Bishop A.E. Sullivan was initiated after a partial collapse at the church property on 12th and Magnolia streets that he owns, adding that the incident put the lives of neighbors in jeopardy.

According to the mayor, Sullivan was a list of the eleven biggest offenders in the city and had several arrest warrants; he didn't keep up with his repayment plan on his past due fines.

The city evacuated homes in the area. There is no word on when people can return to their residences. They will be allowed to stay in properties owned by the city until the situation is resolved.

Harrisburg officials are taking bids on demolition. The estimated cost of bringing down the church is nearly $200,000. 

The mayor is asking people who live in the city to report blight, and they will do what they can do address the problem.  Mayor Papenfuse says there are more than 270 homes on the demolition list.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Garden Spot marching band performs with Fall Out Boy

    Garden Spot marching band performs with Fall Out Boy

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:33:13 GMT
    When we last left off, the Garden Spot Marching Band was waiting to see if the band Fall Out Boy would live up to their word. Back in July, the school board told the marching band they could not perform one of Fall Out Boy's songs because of the language in the lyrics.More >>
    When we last left off, the Garden Spot Marching Band was waiting to see if the band Fall Out Boy would live up to their word. Back in July, the school board told the marching band they could not perform one of Fall Out Boy's songs because of the language in the lyrics.
    More >>
  • Endless Shrimp® Returns to Red Lobster®

    Endless Shrimp® Returns to Red Lobster®

    Starting Monday, September 1st, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, the number one guest-requested promotion, is back for a limited time. This year, guests can satisfy their shrimp cravings through one of the most...More >>
    Starting Monday, September 1st, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, the number one guest-requested promotion, is back for a limited time. This year, guests can satisfy their shrimp cravings through one of the most...More >>
  • Boy dies after lightning strike near Peach Bottom

    Boy dies after lightning strike near Peach Bottom

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:03:23 GMT
    A lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a Lancaster County creek.More >>
    A lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a Lancaster County creek.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow