Bicknell gets an extension on blight elimination program

Bicknell has received an extension on its blight elimination program. How it works is the city looks for blighted property. After they acquire it they will demolish it and clean it up. Then it’s open for the community to reach out to get the property.

Posted: Oct 14, 2017 4:01 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2017 4:01 PM

BICKNELL, Ind, (WTHI)-Sean McCarty and his wife are somewhat new living in Bicknell but they are having no problems making this home. 

There is one issue they have with the neighborhood. A piece of blighted property across the street. The McCartys know they are not alone when it comes to the same problem. It's an issue that the city is doing its part to change.

"There is a lot of old houses and their just going downhill. If they are not going to use them or do something with them then might as well tear them down. Make the property look pretty," said McCarty.

The city does have a blight elimination program. How it works is the city looks for blighted property. After they acquire it they will demolish it and clean it up. Then it’s open for the community to reach out to get the property.

Mayor Thomas Estabrook has been helping run the city's blight elimination project. The project has helped eliminate over 30 blighted properties in the past two years.

It's because of the program's success they have had their project extended. Its thanks to the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.

"We have been very fortunate. This program has really accelerated the cleanup of neighborhoods and areas that have been blighted for some time," said Mayor Estabrook.

Bicknell now has until December of next year to continue cleaning up these properties. Although this can be a slow project it's something the community is starting to notice. They just hope they will continue to improve their neighborhoods.

The city hopes to have cleared over 40 properties by the time the program is completed but they say there's a chance they can get another program extension.

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