Gary seeking more federal funds to demolish blighted buildings


By: Associated Press

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Federal money has helped officials in Gary demolish nearly 200 buildings and officials are hoping for even more federal dollars to tear down even more.

The (Munster) Times reports that Gary may ultimately be able to tear down more than 500 structures with the initial $6.6 million it was authorized to receive from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program.

But a recent survey showed there are nearly 6,800 vacant structures and thousands more that are considered blighted. So, now that Congress has authorized $2 billon more for the fund to be spent nationwide, Gary is among scores of communities waiting to see how much more money they might receive.