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Makeovers coming for some Birmingham neighborhoods

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Ten Birmingham neighborhoods are recipients of the city's "Love your Block" grants.

Mayor William Bell made the announcement Wednesday.

The program helps to fund volunteer-led neighborhood beautification and revitalization projects.

"We're just excited about being able to hand out cash money for these neighborhoods to do projects in their area," said Bell.

The grants were made possible by the City of Birmingham, Cities of Service/The Bloomberg Foundation and the Home Depot Foundation.

Here's a breakdown of the winning neighborhoods and a description of each project:

Oak Ridge Park - Urban Garden Project

Amount Awarded:  $1, 500.00

Neighborhood President: Myeisha Hutchinson

This neighborhood plans to turn a donated unused lot into an urban garden for fruits and vegetables with a gazebo and benches to turn this lot into a community gathering spot.

 

Garden Highlands - Community Pride

Amount Awarded: $1,000.00

Neighborhood President: Harriett Littleton

This neighborhood is planning to host Quarterly Clean-up of neglected areas such as vacant lots, drainage ditches and the neighborhood park.

 

Zion City - Neighborhood Beautification Project

Amount Awarded: $500.00

Neighborhood President: Elois Ramsey

This neighborhood plans to expand the scope of a prior Keep Birmingham Beautiful project by planting and maintaining four additional flower beds.

 

West End Manor - West End Community Garden

Amount Awarded: $1,500.00

Neighborhood President: Debra Mays

This neighborhood is transforming a vacant lot at 1217 19th Street SW into a community garden.

 

Smithfield Estates - Park Facelift

Amount Awarded: $1,500.00

Neighborhood President: Ellen Spencer

Council District: 9 (Roderick Royal)

This neighborhood is proposing to update the neighborhood park and make it a community gathering spot.

 

Fountain Heights - Mural Upgrade

Amount Awarded: $1,000.00

Neighborhood President: Andre' Brown

This neighborhood is proposing to upgrade the mural that is on 18th Street North.

 

North Pratt - Recovery Garden

Amount Awarded: $1,500.00

Neighborhood President: Clarence Ford

This neighborhood is proposing to transform a vacant lot into a community garden and gathering spot to promote healthy living.

 

Killough Springs - Grayson Park Revitalization

Amount Awarded: $1,500.00

Neighborhood President: Pearlie Lawhorne

This neighborhood is planning to execute a beautification project in Grayson Park.

 

Roebuck Springs - Reclaiming our Parks with a Garden

Amount Awarded: $1,000.00

Neighborhood President: Frank Hamby

The neighborhood plans to expand their existing community garden and reclaim South Roebuck Park.

 

Oakwood Place - Operation Erosion Control

Amount Awarded: $1,500.00

Neighborhood President: Ella Clark

This neighborhood is proposing to eliminate erosion issues in their current neighborhood garden to alleviate drainage issues and create a natural habitat for animals.

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