Council OKs CDBG project list for 2013-14
Tyrone Kemp can sit on his front porch and enjoy an excellent view of the Allegheny Valley from his home on Doak Street.
That view is tempered a bit by the presence of multiple vacant properties on his street, but it might not be that way for long.
At Penn Hills Council's Jan. 22 meeting, municipal officials gave unanimous approval to the 2013-14 Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, application and action plan, which includes several groups of properties slated for demolition.
One such group includes properties on Doak Street, situated on a steep slope in west Penn Hills, near its border with the City of Pittsburgh.
“We've got to get some of them down,” said Kemp, 64. “You have varmints in there that end up tearing up my trash, and they're certainly an eyesore.”
A property at 7107 Doak Street is already gone, and at least three other properties have been identified for demolition, one of which resulted from a complaint that Kemp made.
The street has not been a trouble spot for police, however. Police incident reports since the start of 2012 show only six calls to the area, one for a report of a car theft, but mostly for minor incidents such as stray animals or suspicious persons.
Some of the properties have been vacant for a year or more, and Kemp said one home, near the beginning of the 7000 block of Doak Street, has been vacant for at least a decade.
Some demolition packages already have been bid out, and the action plan approved by council has $50,000 budgeted for town-wide demolition.
Following a recent discussion session with council, planning officials increased the overall allocation for local food banks while decreasing the allocation for the Western Penn Hills youth employment program.
Highlights of the proposed plan include:
• $50,000 for work in the area of Bon Air Park, off of Tremont Street. Planning director Howard Davidson said his office plans to hold discussions with residents in the area to map out the future of the park.
• $49,000 total allocated to food pantries run by the Penn Hills Service Association, Lincoln Park Community Center and Jefferson Manor.
• $150,000 for street improvements.
• $100,000 for sidewalk improvements.
• $90,000 for improvements to the Penn Hills Multi-Purpose Center and the Lincoln Park Community Center.
Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Game Commission enters battle between hunters, Penn Hills residents
- Penn Hills considers updating code enforcement to fight blight
- Department of Education to give Penn Hills money toward first school police officer
- Penn Hills resident wants to fill soldiers’ holiday stockings
- Hunter rescued after fall from Penn Hills tree stand