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Revitalize CDC’s popular #GreenNFit Neighborhood Block Rebuild welcomed hundreds of volunteers (including city employees) and dozens of sponsors from the community to help rebuild 12 homes on the blocks of Beech Street from Essex to Appleton to Suffolk to Dwight to Hampden Streets, including several on Walnut Street.

Mayor Alex B. Morse said he approved $100,000 for the project from the city’s share of a federal Community Development Block Grant.

Four of the homes are owned by military veterans as part of our #JoinedForces Initiative. The featured family is at the home of Mr. Neil Doling at 153 Beech Street. Mr. Doling’s family purchased the row house 65 years ago by his mother’s family on the GI Bill after his grandfather served in World War II. Sadly his parents have both passed and he now lives there on his own. Neil attended Sacred Heart and Holyoke High Schools and grew up at the Greater Holyoke YMCA across the street. Neil suffers from health issues and is on disability but still works part time. Volunteers from Beaulieu Home Improvement will repair his leaking roof, repair his front porch to make it safe and add an energy-efficient storm door and windows, install smoke detectors, paint, landscape and so much more.

The work on the 12 homes focused on making them safe, healthy and energy-efficient. Scope may include: repair or replace leaking roofs, installation of new energy-efficient windows and doors, insulation, installation of water-saving fixtures and plumbing repairs, HVAC repairs or replacement, installation of “Age-in-Place” modifications such as grab bars, electrical upgrades, repair steps, add hand railings, masonry repairs to prevent leaks, sheetrock repairs from leaking roofs, new Energy Star appliances, mold remediation, pest control, interior and exterior low-VOC painting, improvements at the city’s Peasants Park (corner of Beech & Appleton Streets) city park and a YMCA playground, mulch, planting of shrubs, trees and flowers.

Read the MassLive artice and view photos from the day here.

Learn more about Revitalize CDC here.

Learn more about the Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG, here.


Posted on October 21, 2016 by