Fighting blight in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Buildings that are empty and falling apart are creating a real danger for several neighborhoods in Harrisburg.

Last year, 16 condemned homes were knocked down. In 2014, there were eighteen homes demolished.

Officials say these empty houses are a real threat, but they’re also expensive to tear down.

Codes administrator David Patton says there are 265 homes on the city’s demolition list. The goal is to knock down at least 10 percent of those.

The city gets a lot of calls from frustrated homeowners who want the eyesores removed, but Patton says it’s not easy to track down the property owners.

The city has had three collapses of condemned homes this year. Officials hope people are paying attention to the posted signs.

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