Group targets South Avenue for cleanup

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Volunteers were pushing lawn mowers and collecting trash Friday in an effort to help clean up the South Avenue corridor.

Employees of Happy Camper Learning Center, Coca-Cola bottling plant, Celebrity Studio and associates from the Ursuline Motherhouse teamed up with local residents for the “Clean Sweep” along the avenue.

“We have to reinvigorate this area. If we don’t, blight is going to continue, homes will be vandalized,” said volunteer Tom Forestal.

Volunteer DeWayne Washington said it is important for residents to come together for these types of projects and work to help keep their neighborhoods vibrant.

“That’s how things die, when people don’t attend to them and put the time into it. That is how things fall apart,” Washington said.

Besides giving the once bustling corridor a facelift, organizers said their plan was to give workers and neighbors a reason to come out in force to send a message.

“Hopefully, those elements of crime will see that people are going to be out and about, and they’ll be a little more leery about coming out into these neighborhoods,” said BJ Buckworth, Coca Cola Bottling.

The neighborhood group is meeting next week to plan future projects along the South Avenue corridor.

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