- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana’s second-largest city is getting nearly $3 million in state funding to demolish abandoned and blighted homes in struggling neighborhoods.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced Friday that Fort Wayne would get an additional $2.8 million from a state program that provides demolition funding as forgivable loans.

John Perlich, a spokesman for Fort Wayne’s mayor, tells The Journal Gazette (https://bit.ly/1uoqh6y ) the new funding should allow the city to demolish more than three times the roughly 65 homes the city razes on average each year. The state mandates asbestos testing and abatement work on abandoned homes before they’re demolished.

Perlich says Fort Wayne’s abandoned and blighted homes are spread throughout the city and aren’t located in one primary area. Last summer, the city was awarded $4.7 million for blight elimination purposes.


Information from: The Journal Gazette, https://www.journalgazette.net

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