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NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED REGULAR MEETING

FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2021 OF THE

REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM

A next regular meeting of the Board of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem will take place at 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 15, 2021. 

 

Please note this November 2021 meeting date is a rescheduled regular meeting of the RDA due to the next regularly scheduled date being the Thanksgiving Holiday.  This change in meeting date will be publicly advertised as required.

An agenda and details regarding this meeting will be posted below this notice prior to the meeting date.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (610) 865-7055.

                                                                      

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

Notice is hereby given that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem will hold a public hearing on behalf of the City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 4:30 p.m., in Town Hall of Bethlehem City Hall, 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018, to discuss and take comment with respect to the financing of the following project for the benefit of Moravian University.

This Hearing will take place using a hybrid format with both in-person participation at Town Hall; Bethlehem City Hall and via GoToMeeting to participate virtually.  Details on the virtual participation of this Hearing can be found below on this notice.

Additional details regarding this Public Hearing and the financing involved can be founded in the attached Full Hearing Notice.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (610) 865-7055.

PRESS RELEASE - 06/30/2021

Blight Elimination Funding Awarded to the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority

$700,000 Awarded for Blight Elimination

(Bethlehem, PA, June 23, 2021)  The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem (RDA) has recently been awarded $700,000 of funding for blight remediation projects.  Funds were awarded through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund and the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFA) new Blight Initiative funding. 

On May 26, 2021, recipients of the CFA’s Blight Remediation Program were announced.  The Redevelopment Authority was awarded $300,000 to acquire and stabilize three blighted properties in the city.  The Authority will work with partnering organizations to assist the development process.

On June 10, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf announced the recipients of $44.9 million in funding for housing programs made available through PHARE funding.  The Redevelopment Authority was awarded $400,000 to support the redevelopment of two blighted properties in the City of Bethlehem and provide additional support to the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program.

“The City of Bethlehem is happy to work in cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority toward the goal of blight remediation.  We have long recognized that stable and well-maintained housing conditions are a strength for the community.  Blighted properties adversely impact the neighborhood and erode the value of surrounding properties. Therefore, repairing blighted properties is an essential function of the Redevelopment Authority” Said Mayor Bob Donchez.

"The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem has been an active partner with the City of Bethlehem in combating blight for almost 70 years.  While the size and scope of our activities has become more modest in recent years, they are still very important to our shared goals of neighborhood preservation and improvement.  These recent grants will continue to support our efforts and we thank the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for this critical funding." Said RDA Executive Director Tony Hanna

“Cleaning up blighted properties and assisting with new projects will help Bethlehem continue to grow.  Many times these properties are costly to redevelop and need investment from public entities.  I know these projects will have a positive impact on Bethlehem.” Said Senator Lisa Boscola

“These state funds will improve neighborhoods and assist the City of Bethlehem’s efforts to repair and remediate blighted properties in our community,” said Representative Steve Samuelson.

The Redevelopment Authority of Bethlehem is a state-incorporated redevelopment authority located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  The RDA was created in 1953 as a government agency with the powers vested by Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment law.

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