Bridgeville Awarded Blight Grant, Ortitay, Robinson Say

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) and Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-Washington/Allegheny) today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded a $74,520 Blight Remediation Program Grant to Bridgeville to demolish four blighted and condemned structures in high-traffic areas of the borough.

Ortitay and Robinson advocated for funding under the program. It funds the creation of blight plans or projects to demolish, acquire and/or rehabilitate blighted properties or properties destroyed by natural disasters.

“The demolition of these four properties located throughout the borough will help prevent blight from spreading and creating eyesores,” Ortitay said. “In particular, the one property on Prestley Road is at the entrance to the borough. Bridgeville is a great community, and the removal of these properties sends a message there is a pride in ownership.”

“Blighted properties can unfold like an infection, mushrooming into the area around it,” Robinson said. “By using state funds to eliminate dilapidated properties and encourage additional regrowth, we are breathing new life into our community. This is a good investment of state funds because making the neighborhood look great on the outside means more people will stop and experience how great Bridgeville is.”

The funding will complete asbestos abatement and demolition, as well as back-fill and restore the lots along with terminating and capping existing utilities at these properties. They are located in the 100 block of Prestley Road, 100 block of Liberty Street and 1300 block of Terrace Street.

The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.