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April 26, 2014

City seeks participation in Blueprint Communities Program

NEW CASTLE — The city of New Castle wants to participate in the Blueprint Communities Program.

City council on Thursday approved an application asking  to accept the city into the program.

According to Matt Staniszewski, community and economic development director, the program was organized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service.

Staniszewski said the city is looking to develop a plan to revitalize properties along the Route 422 corridor. He said this would be a preliminary step to updating the city’s comprehensive plan beginning next year. It may lower the costs for that update.

The program also “opens the doors” for new avenues of funding for the city, he added.

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