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Harrisburg mayor dedicates housing rehabs

Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this afternoon dedicated a series of houses the city renovated in the 600 block of Oxford Street.

Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed and officials from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) this afternoon dedicated a
series of houses the city renovated in the 600 block of Oxford Street.

The formerly blighted properties were revamped almost
entirely through a Community Development Block Grant delivered by HUD, Reed
said.

The city is selling the houses that are part of an effort to
invest more than $2 million in Harrisburg’s
uptown section. The city plans to rehabilitate more than 25 properties and
demolish 23 blighted properties.

The city is selling properties along Oxford, North Fourth, North Sixth, North 17th streets. Other future rehabs
are under way along the same streets and more are to be finished along
Jefferson and Harris streets.

The city is revamping properties in the 600 block of Schuylkill
Street, the 2400 and 2500 blocks of North Sixth Street and the 2300 block of Jefferson Street. An
entire city block of blighted properties has been torn down in the 600 block of
Schuylkill Street.

Eight of the 18 houses that have been rehabilitated have
been sold, or are under contract, Reed said. Others will be put up for sale as
renovations are completed.

The houses range in price from $66,900 to about $90,000.
Reed said the city only gets back what it puts in to continue the cycle of
redeveloping properties. The houses would sell for tens of thousands of dollars
more if a private developer were to sell them, he said.

For more informationi visit www.harrisburgpa.gov or call 255-6480.

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