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Scottsbluff residents in "Blight and Substandard" neighborhood address council

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Scottsbluff residents who were upset about the designation of their neighborhood as 'blight and substandard' are now hoping to reap the associated benefits.

The new classification makes those areas eligible for tax increment financing, money that could help with revitalization in order to make the area more appealing for future development.

The 'blight and substandard' designation was sought by area - developers hoping to gain federal funding for a new hotel and car dealership.

Initially Sheldon Heights residents were upset, but they now realize the potential for neighborhood improvement.

"We know that the best way for us to get out of being blight and substandard now that it's been declared is to get our streets paved and we see that the best way to do that is to be able to piggy-back onto projects that can be funded," said Larry McCaslin, Sheldon Heights representative.

There are a number of qualifications that can label an area as 'blight and substandard', including unpaved roads like in Sheldon Heights.

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