On Monday, May 14, GHCC Executive Director Karen Stokes and Community Revitalization Coordinator Peter Duvall took part in nine demolitions on the 2600 block of Greenmount Avenue in Harwood. As one of the Mayor’s Vacants to Value Community Development Cluster (CDC) areas, this block is a strategic zone undergoing major revitalization in an effort to increase investment and reduce the number of vacants in the area. So far, vacants have been reduced by 13% and nearly $300,000 in private capital will be invested.
“Harwood, like many of our blighted neighborhoods, has suffered from 50 years of disinvestment,” said Commissioner Paul T. Graziano, who led the demolition alongside the Mayor. “This didn’t happen overnight, but our demolition today should signal anyone who is interested that the City is committed to making a major impact in this wonderful community.”
GHCC’s Strategic Code Enforcement program targets key dilapidated properties with criminal activity, severely deteriorated buildings, and ownership issues such as foreclosures. For the past ten years, Peter Duvall has been working with residents and community leaders in Harwood to identify and abate the most flagrant properties that are negatively impacting quality of life and property values. In that time, the number of vacant houses has declined from nearly 200 to 63, with several rehabs currently in progress. Monday’s demolition will create an opportunity for successful revitalization by making way for future development.
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