This is pretty exciting and very cool. Here is your chance to realize your micro-vision for Warren on a newly vacant lot and have up to $6000 in funding. It is a new Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership program called Lots to Love. The text of a press release to go out Monday is below. Warren Expressed readers are getting a special sneak preview. We will report on projects that come along as artists step forward. I think this program deserves its own theme song. Imagine what kind of creativity might be unleashed in Warren with this sort of support?
Ironically, we just heard a story on the radio about a man who got sick of finding garbage dumped on a vacant in his neighborhood. He tried a number of things to stop it and finally put a big stone Buddha on the spot where trash collected. Not only did the trash dumping stop but crime in the neighborhood dropped too. Here is a newspaper article on the events. It could work it Warren, too. Creativity solves most problems.
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WARREN –Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) is excited to unveil a new program, Lots to Love. The Lots to Love program, the first of TNP’s new slate of “Warren Enriched” programming, will allow up to $6,000 worth of labor and materials to install a greening project on a newly vacant lot. Eligible lots will be those that have recently had a demolition completed by the Trumbull County Land Bank.
The concept is simple: If you have an idea for a project on a vacant lot, like a pocket park, and are willing to commit to maintaining the project after it is installed, TNP will provide for the installation of the project. To be considered you must have at least 2 people who agree to maintain the project and you will be required to gather neighborhood signatures showing that people are in support of your idea. Churches, Businesses, Neighborhood Associations, and other community groups are encouraged to apply. Don’t worry if your idea is not fully thought out yet, TNP is happy to help you develop your idea further.
Kent State University and Parsons The New School for Design are also partnering with TNP to bring some talented students to Warren to help generate vibrant ideas for vacant lots in the Garden District. Residents of the central city and others interested in the project are encouraged to attend an interactive discussion and design charrette with the New School and Kent State Students, Saturday, February 21st from 1-4pm at the YWCA Warren, 375 North Park Ave.
Interested applicants must attend an application workshop, hosted by TNP in February and March, or meet individually with TNP staff. The program is now open and applications are currently being accepted. Final dates and locations for the workshops will be announced soon. These events will provide important details about how to complete the application and which lots are eligible for the program. The Spring 2015 application window will close Tuesday, March 31st. All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on the March 31st.