Middletown, PA Mayor to Host Blight Reduction Presentation, Aug. 14th

Updated 8/14/17: ABC 27 (Harrisburg) released a report titled Local officials introduced to new tool to fight blight.

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Safeguard in the News
August 8, 2017

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor James Curry and Borough Manager Kenneth Klinepeter are scheduled to host the demonstration of the latest resource for combatting blight in the central Pennsylvania region on August 14th at 3:00 pm.

Recent news coverage of the more than 400 vacant and abandoned properties in Harrisburg led to a roundtable discussion featuring Sen. John DiSanto (R-PA-15th) and Sen. Tom McGarrigle (R-PA-26th) on May 23rd. Joining them was Harrisburg civic leadership and Founder/Chairman of SecureView, Robert Klein.

At that roundtable, Sen. DiSanto said, "Blighted and abandoned properties destroy overall property value, and pose serious health and safety value to local residents." Mr. Klein remarked, "We started SecureView to help communities fight back against blight using new technologies. Plywood boards are killing neighborhoods. There are a lot of different solutions to replace plywood, and we need to talk about all of them."

Mr. Klein, who promised at the roundtable to return to central PA for a full demonstration, will show the nearly indestructible clearboarding material as it is installed, as well as discuss the overall financial benefit to communities. Polycarbonate has been recognized by several agencies, including Fannie Mae, as the best alternative to plywood for securing vacant and abandoned homes, schools, and commercial properties. Many governments, including the States of Ohio and Maryland, as well as the Cities of Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Chicago have begun to enact statutes and ordinances banning plywood boards when shuttering properties. Plywood boarding practices have been directly linked to decline in property value, reduction in tax base, and increase in crime. Clearboarding has been shown to counteract those negative impacts while still securing vacant structures.

Community Blight Solutions, the outreach arm of SecureView, will be on site to speak with local nonprofit and civic leaders about the impact of clearboarding. Mr. Klein has led several philanthropic and public/private partnerships for neighborhood stabilization throughout the housing crisis, and will be available to discuss the impact and discovery of funding sources available to communities. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency generously provided the demonstration property in Middletown, Pennsylvania. "PHFA is happy to be a part of this demonstration," said PHFA's Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. "The use of polycarbonate boarding is consistent with our mission of helping to preserve communities by preventing blight."

The demonstration will begin at 3:00 PM, and will be located at 236 Adelia St., Middletown, PA 17057. Questions regarding the demonstration can be sent to Gene Veno, Senior Advisor, SecureView, at 717.941.0027 or gene.veno@secureviewusa.com.

About SecureView

SecureView is the leading security home & building board-up system. Designed to look like traditional windows, SecureView deters intruders while letting in natural light. Made from recycled materials, SecureView is virtually unbreakable, protects property from intrusion, and reduces the crime and squatting so often associated with plywood and steel board-ups. SecureView benefits homeowners, mortgage lenders, and communities by increasing the marketability of a property while simultaneously fighting community blight. To learn more about SecureView visit: www.secureviewusa.com or call 855-SCRVIEW.

About Robert Klein

Robert Klein is a successful entrepreneur who has earned a reputation as a pioneer and innovator in the property preservation industry. For 25 years, Klein has been a staunch advocate for eliminating blight in communities across the country. Klein is the Founder and Chairman of Safeguard Properties, Community Blight Solutions and SecureView, all based in Cleveland. Klein is a frequent speaker at field service industry conferences.

About PHFA 

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $13.2 billion of funding for nearly 168,500 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 132,531 rental units, and saved the homes of more than 48,900 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.

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Middletown, PA Mayor to host Blight Reduction Presentation, Aug. 14th

What: Central Pennsylvania community will see a demonstration of state-of-the-art technology to secure vacant and abandoned homes and reduce community blight.

When: Monday, August 14th, 2017, 3:00 PM

Where: 236 Adelia St., Middletown, PA 17057      

Who: Invitees include civic and community leadership of central Pennsylvania, as well as interested community members, organizational leaders, interested industry managers, and related contractor, emergency preparedness, and project management professionals.

Mr. Robert Klein, Founder and Chairman of SecureView, will be leading the demonstration. Mr. Klein is a nationally recognized expert in the property preservation industry, and founded SecureView for the purpose of combatting urban blight. The SecureView system is designed to preserve properties not slated for demolition or active repurposing, and to deter intruders while maintaining a healthy neighborhood aesthetic.

Contact Information:

Media should direct inquiries to:
Gene Veno, Senior Advisor
SecureView, LLC
Direct: 717-941-0027
gene.veno@secureviewusa.com
Website: www.secureviewusa.com

For more information about SecureView, go to www.secureviewusa.com

SOURCE Borough Of Middletown and SecureView

Source: PR Newswire

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