Revitalization Efforts in Fairmont Make Big Impact
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on August 14, 2014 @ 6:52PM
Created on August 14, 2014 @ 6:20PM
The Fairmont Community Development Partnership has been working on revitalization in the Maple Avenue area of the city for the last 20 years and their efforts have made a big impact.
Apparently residents were skeptical when the Partnership bought their first house on Maple Avenue, tore it down, and rebuilt it. But since then, they've come around. The area was blighted; full of homes that were falling down or that had multiple families living in them. That downplayed the good aspects of the neighborhood and invited even more problems.
The Partnership has moved steadily up Maple Avenue, over to Ogden Avenue, and into Jackson Addition removing blight and building homes and rental units that real people can afford. Since the Partnership has been working in this area, residents have noticed, and they've started making their own improvements.
"All of this has led to what I would call a real cultural change in terms of the attitudes and the viewpoints people have about the revitalization in a deteriorated neighborhood," said Partnership executive director Bob Gribben.
The Partnership hopes they are providing healthy growth for the neighborhood that benefits the existing community.
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