Prairie Street house torn down under state program | News
A South Prairie Street house was torn down Thursday as part of a statewide effort to improve neightborhoods.
Representatives from three state agencies joined Mayor Donna Olson and other City of Stoughton officials for the demolition of the building at 217 S. Prairie St. Thursday.
Stoughton was one of 10 Wisconsin cities that received money to take down dilapidated properties under the Strategic Blight Elimination Program, a $1 million project announced last fall. Stoughton received $45,000 for the removal of two blighted properties under the program.
At the Prairie Street residence Thursday morning, representatives of the Stoughton Redevelopment Authority; Holly Pomraning, assistant attorney general with the state Department of Justice; Kevin Garczynski, marketing specialist for the state Housing and Economic Development Authority; and George Althoff, communications director with Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions listened to a few words from the mayor just before a construction crane began pulling down the building.
To qualify for the program, a property must have safety issues, be on a parcel that could be repurposed for a “broader strategic use,” or be preventing the re-emergence of a neighborhood, according to the governor’s office. WHEDA administrates the program.
In an August 2012 news release describing the blight-elimination effort, Gov. Scott Walker said the program is meant to stimulate job creation and improve quality of life in deteriorated areas of the state.
For more information on Stoughton’s blight elimination effort, contact Laurie Sullivan at 873-6691.