Dauphin County helps communities get rid of blight, create more tax revenue

Harrisburg

The Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority partnered with Lykens Borough on a $12 million residential project in the heart of the community. 

The county also helped find funding for the project that helped transform a property that had been vacant for several years.

Steelton Borough has partnered with the county to develop property across the street from the borough office. 

Doug Brown is the borough manager.  He says the county brings expertise resources and other services to the table that most small municipalities don’t have. 

“Working with the county makes it possible to get things done,” Brown said. “If we tried to do it on our own, it would take us years.”

George Connor is the director of Dauphin County Community and Economic Development.  He says there are other partnerships all over the county, including in Hummelstown. 

“We want to get rid of blight in our communities,” Connor said, “and if we can turn old buildings into tax-generating entities, it’s a win-win for all.”

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