Program Objective: The primary objective of the Municipal Spot Slum and Blight Clearance Program is to aid municipalities in eliminating conditions which constitute a menace to health, safety and overall deterioration of neighborhoods. This program is designed to enable the municipality to upgrade neighborhoods through the elimination of slum and blight. Activities may include municipally or privately owned properties, as well as properties that were not eligible for funding under the County’s Scattered Site Demolition Program.
Funding Source: Funds are derived from the municipality’s allocation from the County’s Community Development Block Grant Program. The municipality may utilize all or part of its CDBG allocation to carry out spot slum and blight clearance activities.
Eligible Funding Recipients: Boroughs and Townships who participate in the County’s Community Development Program are eligible to carry out the Municipal Spot Slum and Blight Clearance Program by designating all or part of their Community Development allocation for demolition activities. Allocations are provided to each municipality on a rotating basis, approximately once every 3 years. The County will notify you when your funding cycle is approaching and provide Local Needs Forms and appropriate guidance for selection of priority activities. Each individual project will require compliance with procedures listed below. Funds are not available for private individuals; however, the municipality may include privately owned properties in their program, with the owner’s consent. Note: Properties owned by a member, officer, employee, elected official or any other public official of the Municipality applying for funding who exercises any function with respect to the demolition activities are ineligible.
Eligible Structures: Demolition funding is available for razing municipally or privately owned properties which are in a deteriorated state. All structures must be vacant. Funds may not be utilized for properties that will create displacement of occupants.
Eligible Costs: Demolition of structure and removal of debris and environmental contaminants are all eligible costs under this program. Legal fees, engineering fees, advertising, asbestos inspections and all other fees are not eligible for funding.
Post Demolition Use of Site: The County must be advised at the time of application of the intended use of the site after demolition. If the site is not intended to remain vacant, the proposed use must meet County eligibility/fundability requirements and may require additional regulatory compliance.
Liens: It is the option of the municipality to place a lien against the property for all or part of the costs associated with razing the structure. It is also the municipality’s option to require some financial participation by the property owner. In the event the municipality is desirous of placing a lien on the property, a sample of the note and mortgage utilized by the County can be requested.
Additional Program Requirements:
Municipally Owned Properties
- The municipality must submit a demolition application to the County, along with required supportive documentation.
- Approved activities must be carried out in accordance with program requirements, including County bidding procedures, execution of Release and Right of Entry Certification, asbestos analysis, and completion of required legal certifications. An information packet and guidance will be provided by the County.
Privately Owned Properties
- Requests must come through the municipality.
- The Municipality must submit a demolition application to the County, along with required supportive documentation.
- Approved activities must be carried out in accordance with program requirements, including County bidding procedures, execution of Release and Right of Entry agreements, asbestos analysis, and completion of required legal certifications. An information packet and guidance will be provided by the County.