Corry Industrial Benefit Association will continue working with Corry Neighborhood Initiative to clean up more blighted properties in Corry.

"We're hoping to do 10 demolitions this year," said Rick Novotny, economic director for Corry Industrial Benefit Association.

Brad Allen, chairman of Corry Neighborhood Initiative (CNI), said one dilapidated building was demolished last Saturday and another one is scheduled for removal this Saturday.

"The Corry Neighborhood Initiative's sole mission is to help the community and neighborhoods to tackle blight issues," Allen said.

Since CNI's inception in 2004, Allen said between 20 to 25 blighted buildings have been demolished.

"These properties are beyond repair; they're typically not safe for tenants and often attract nuisance issues," Allen said. "By demolishing the dilapidated structure, it helps with all around neighborhood improvement."

Allen explained that he has had two instances where CNI has helped previous tenants find new housing arrangements as well.

Novotny said blighted properties can be dangerous and lessen values of the homes in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Novotny said funding for the blight removal has come from Corry Community Foundation and Arlene H. Smith Charitable Foundation.

 

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