Harrisburg mayor meets with residents devastated by sinkhole


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Mayor Eric Papenfuse spent time on Wednesday speaking with residents who have been devastated by a sinkhole problem that has impacted nearly 50 homes.

Papenfuse announced the award of $1.65 million in federal funding for the sinkhole mitigation project. The mayor also said there is a local match of $550,000 and Dauphin County could contribute up to an additional $1 million.

Phase one will cover the acquisition and demolition of the first 25 homes, between Cloverly Terrace and Magnolia Street. The site will be designated as green space, without the possibility of future construction.

“They will get pre-sinkhole fair market value for their homes,” Papenfuse said. “They will also have an allotment for relocation expenses.”

Papenfuse also says no demolition will begin until all the homes are acquired. He says the city is trying to get more money to cover the remaining homes.

The entire project is estimated to cost more than $8 million. The city is still waiting to hear back from the state about more grant money.

Papenfuse says it’s difficult to give a timeline on when the project will start. He says they will have a better idea once they find out how much funding they will receive from the state.

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