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Updates on Blight Eradication Program Focus of Next Danville United Meeting


Danville, VA - Blight is something Danville has been tackling for years and on Thursday they will update everyone on their progress as they try to make the city a more physically appealing place to live.

City officials will address the public at the Danville United meeting to talk about the Bight Eradication Program on Thursday. 

It started in 2011 with a goal to beautify the area and prevent the negative effects of blight, like crime and depreciating home values. 

According to Danville's Community Development director Earl Reynolds, $3.7 million has been poured into the program since its inception.

Reynolds said so far they've made progress on demolitions. For example, the old Downtowner building on Main Street was demolished in 2012. 

Reynolds said  they've also been working on restoring historical structures.

They're planning the second annual "Make Danville Shine" campaign. It's a community effort to fix, paint, and clean up Danville.

"Our neighborhoods and other areas,we have a great deal of blighted conditions, does in fact have not just a visual impact, but it also has an impact on the folks who live there," said Reynolds.

The Danville United Meeting will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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