Evansville receives more blight elimination funds from state

Evansville receives more blight elimination funds from state

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville has been awarded $677,000 in the second round of funding from the state's Blight Elimination Program.

The announcement was made Friday by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.

The state says the funds are to be used to buy and demolish 31 blighted structures in the Jacobsville, STAR, Old Erie, Ballard, Bellemeade Bayard Park, Tepe Park and Goosetown neighborhoods.

The city was awarded $1.7 in the first round of BEP funding.

"The Blight Elimination Program continues to provide a valuable resource to communities large and small that have struggled to address abandoned homes," said Ellspermann, who chairs the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

That brings the total number of homes set to be demolished to 110.  Kelley Coures, with the Department of Metropolitan Development, says the first 24 at Kerth and New York, should be completed by February first.

Local governments in all 92 Indiana counties are eligible to apply for BEP funding.

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