The investment includes $327,000 for Champaign, Macon, McLean, Peoria and Sangamon County communities.
A total of 53 municipalities, counties and land banks have been approved for the first round of funding based on need, capacity, impact, budget, cost reasonableness and readiness to proceed. Eligible uses for the grants include maintaining weeds and grass, trimming trees and bushes, installing fences to protect the public, and repairing or demolishing abandoned property. The central Illinois communities receiving Abandoned Property Program funds include:
Peoria’s community development director, Ross Black says the River City originally applied for $175,000, but any money will help.
"Basically we have certain areas of the city where there are a significant number of abandoned single family houses that really are beyond repair and this money will help add to our existing demolition budget," Black said.
Each single family home costs anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 to demolish so this money will help tear down seven or eight houses in Peoria.
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