Duncannon residents want blight removed from borough

DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A number of Duncannon residents say a group of abandoned homes along North Market Street have been a distraction for several years.

Michael May has lived in the borough for more than 10 years. He says homes are starting to get tougher to look at.

“Sometimes you wish you could drive by and shield your eyes,” he said. “It’s a problem that continues to get worse.”

Some say the properties are attracting squatters that could create other problems including crime. May adds that the eyesore is turning people away from calling Duncannon home.

“The thing that bothers me is we have a lot of vacant homes,” May said. “We don’t have people moving in, and I think its because they drive in and they see these abandoned homes.”

Darryl Crouthharmel says there have been organizations and private citizens who wanted to team up with the property owner and finance a plan to get rid of the blight, but those efforts have been blocked.

“There is always some resistance shutting them down,” he said. “Even with the cooperation of the current owner, the borough has to cooperate.”

Borough Manager Lynn Roche says they currently have no property maintenance code in place, but they have enforced its dangerous and dilapidated ordinance, allowing them to deem the homes unsafe.

Council President Duane Hammaker told us their hands are tied, but they are drafting a windows-and-doors ordinance that would allow them to take further action on the properties.



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