The newest jurisdiction to partner with the Land Bank will receive support for the demolition of two dilapidated houses and sheds on one of the community’s busiest thoroughfares.
Butler Township is participating in the Land Bank’s new Demo 2.0 Program, which provides matching funds for the demolition of vacant, abandoned structures. Township officials had already purchased the two adjacent houses, along with their auxiliary structures, on Little York Road. Being less than 20 feet from the roadway, the structures were targeted for removal to make way for eventual road widening and future development, although demolition costs had not yet been budgeted. When they learned of the Land Bank program’s 1:1 match, township officials decided to move forward with the project.
“There are no immediate plans for development,” said Township Administrator Erika Vogel. “But razing the properties and turning the area to green space will help to beautify the surrounding section of roadway.”