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A bill that could allow Greenville to create a municipal redevelopment authority passed the state House Wednesday.

The General Assembly passed House Bill 1860 in a vote of 173 to 21. The bill will now move onto the Senate for consideration. 

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-7, Hermitage, the bill’s lead sponsor, said the proposal could benefit Greenville if it passes. Longietti and Parke Wentling R-17, each voted yes to the bill. The 8th District seat is vacant due to the resignation of Tedd Nesbit, who won a seat in November as a judge in the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas.  

Under the current law, only municipalities of 10,000 or more can create redevelopment authorities. Longietti’s proposal would remove the population requirement, which would give smaller municipalities like Greenville the authority to clear blighted properties more efficiently, sell them and use the profits from the sale to spruce up the community.

Last summer, Greenville council members requested, through the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs, that the state legislature eliminate the population threshold. 

Longietti credited Greenville Council President Paul Hamill with bringing the matter to his attention. 

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