Second Ward NPP
Neighborhood Partnership Project
All projects, no matter how small, have a responsibility beyond simply meeting the needs of their users. They have a public responsibility to add to and enhance the neighborhoods in which they are built. They improve the social and economic viability and quality of life in a targeted distressed area. The City of Bradford is using an integrated approach for neighborhood revitalization that serves as a launch pad to create linkages between the public and private sector for improved quality of life conditions and the built environment.
Using a combination of community input, mapping information and knowledge developed by performing on-site housing and infrastructure surveys in addition to a neighborhood-wide Community Needs Survey, OECD staff and the NPP Advisory Committee have clearly identified areas that need to be addressed through the use of NPP tax credit funding and other federal, state and private funds.
The DBRC and its private NPP partners are working with the City of Bradford to conduct revitalization efforts and secure funding needed to properly address the needs of the 2nd Ward-NPP. To date, the OECD has leveraged $2.1 million of private monies from our partners (Northwest Bank, Zippo Manufacturing & American Refining Group) to secure over $4.8 million in federal, state, local and private investment. Improvements include new housing construction and façade improvements to undertake the elimination of blight and make significant improvements to the housing and street infrastructure of the neighborhood. These improvements have stabilized the decline of the neighborhood and provided a better quality of life for residents, while making it attractive again for private investment.
In 2021, the Bradford Era published a series of articles on the NPP with details about how the program works, our accomplishments so far and what’s to come.