ANDERSON — The city of Anderson will be competing with communities in 11 other Indiana counties for $19 million in federal grant funding for the demolition of blighted homes.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced a $75 million initiative to knock down thousands of abandoned and blighted homes across the state.
The state is estimating 4,000 homes could be demolished, a fraction of the more than 500,000 abandoned homes statewide.
Tonya Turnley, administrator of Community Development for the city of Anderson, said the city will be applying for grant funds to demolish up to 100 houses.
Anderson is in District 3 with Delaware, Vanderburgh, Vigo, Clark, Elkhart, Hendrick, Johnson, LaPorte, Monroe, Porter and Tippecanoe counties.
Evansville in Vanderburgh County is the largest city in the group with a population of 117,429, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Danville in Hendrick County is the smallest city in the district with a population of 9,126. Anderson is sixth on the list in terms of population with 56,129.
“We’re putting together the list of homes,” Turnley said. “We’re looking at the main corridors leading into the city.”
Turnley said it is a competitive bidding process, so there is no guarantee Anderson will receive any funding through the program.
Applications have to be submitted in May with the awarding of funds expected to be announced in June.
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