Warren kicks off ‘Lots to Love’ program

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A program needs the public’s help to beautify the Warren community.

The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is taking applications for its “Lots to Love” program through the end of March. The program aims to turn vacant lots into community spaces.

So far, community reaction has been positive.

“Everyone has been positive about the idea. People really want to see good things happen. Especially tonight, people were excited to just hear there are more things happening in the central city area,” said Marissa Williams, TNP community neighborhood planner.

About 10 people turned out Thursday night for a workshop focusing on the ongoing demolition of Warren’s vacant properties.

“Our solution to that was to invite the public to tell us what they want to see done with the lots. The public can then take care of the lots they are interested in seeing a project on,” Williams said.

The application process started on Valentine’s Day.

“We were getting funding to do demolitions through the Trumbull County Land Bank. We wanted to make sure that the demolitions that are happening now are not going to end up with tall grass and creating problems for the neighborhood,” Williams said.

The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will give up to $6,000 to groups for their project. It can be anything from a flower or vegetable garden to doing something artistic.

Each project requires at least two people, but the group needs to get at least 10 signatures from those in a neighborhood to be considered. Revitalizing some of the areas is the goal.

“I think any beautification in the area is going to help the neighborhood and the city as a whole. If it does not look good here, nobody is going to want to come here,” said Rachel Dunn, community liaison for Warren’s Garden District.

Other types of projects may be considered on a limited basis.

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