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Dilapidated Building Vote in Pittsburg

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

Many communities have issues with property that either needs to come down or be repaired. But when that property lies in the heart of the city, like Broadway Street, Pittburg officials took action.

On advice from the city's Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Pittsburg City Commission voted to utilize the city's Revolving Loan Fund to either stabilize or demolish two dilapidated structures. One is located at 113 West 5th Street and the other is at 716 North Broadway.

"The Revolving Loan Fund is an economic development fund within the city of Pittsburg that is supported by a sales tax, and it's used to encourage private business owners to create jobs and invest capital in our community," said Blake Benson, president of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

There aren't any cheap options for the city when it comes to dealing with these downtown locations, which is why the Revolving Loan Fund is needed. But with the city determined to grow it's economy, it won't tolerate eyesores where the could be something more.

"Whenever we see two dilapidated structures right in the heart of (downtown), we need to do a full court press to get them back into productive use," said Pittsburg Housing Director Becky Gray. 

The city is taking these actions because it has exhausted attempts to get property owners to fix or demolish the dilapidated property. The Pittsburg city manager says if the city eventually does demolish or repair the properties, it will own them, and work on selling them to interested entrepreneurs. The original property owners don't get free repairs via tax payer dollars.

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