District receives grant money to eliminate blight

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State Rep. Peter Pettalia today announced that several local municipalities have been awarded nearly $75,000 to eliminate blight.

In the 106th District, the City of Onaway will receive $14,000, the City of East Tawas will receive $23,000, and Northeast Michigan Affordable Housing will receive $36,750.

“Tough economic times coupled with questionable foreclosures have left many Michigan cities with vacant buildings that are an eyesore and have negatively affected residents’ property value,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle.  “This grant money will clear out those unused buildings and pave the way for new growth as we continue to reinvent our state.”

A total of 34 municipal, township and county entities statewide will share in $15 million in funding to help eliminate blight in their communities.

The funding comes from a March 2012 national settlement over mortgage foreclosure practices.