Statewide Blight

The state Senate voted in favor of legislation its sponsor says will help in the fight against blight in cities and towns in Pennsylvania. Under current law local and county governments can form what are known as land banks, used to acquire abandoned properties to speed up the process of preparing them for sale to potential developers. The bill passed by the Senate would grant the same powers to county redevelopment authorities without having to pay startup costs. The bill's sponsor says blight threatens the safety and economic viability of neighborhoods throughout the state.