Neighbors Helping Neighbors Near The Koppers Superfund Site
GAINESVILLE - This is a story about neighbors helping neighbors-- despite the circumstances. Not everyone in the stephen foster community here in gainesville agrees with the clean-up plan for the homes near the Koppers Superfund Site. Neighbors are coming together to lend a hand as the offsite soil remediation goes forward.
The superfund site is right behind this fence in Northwest Gainesville and on the other side we have the first house to be remediated of contaminated soil. Now volunteers in the neighborhood got together to help the homeowners-- by putting the final touches on the house.
It's part of a larger effort to improve the Stephen Foster Community. Randy Wells Gainesville City Commissioner said, "If we can add to that, improvements to the homes, painting of the homes, repairing of the homes, donating materials... The homeowners themselves investing-- i think we can make a big impact in this neighborhood and what's important too is that this can be a model for other areas of our city that need that additional boost."
As the pilot-project this house got cleaned up first and neighbors volunteered their time to help give it a face-lift. This is one of the 80 houses that will be cleaned up. Not all houses near the superfund site are eligible for assistance and that's why some of the homeowners don't agree with the clean-up plan. Starting next week, north of NW 30th AVE and south of NW 32nd AVE, Beazer and the Environmental Protection Agency will begin remediating one block at a time.
Protect Gainesville's Citizens, or PGC is a not for profit organization that is helping with the residential make-overs. Pat Cline the technical advisor for PGC said, "People don't really appreciate it and i've heard people say well you know they owe us this. But i will tell you i've never seen it done anywhere-- a residential clean up." PGC hopes that this kind of effort will increase the economical value of these homes.
Kim Popejoy the president of PGC said, "Once we're actually finished remediating all these homes and once the city has come in and resurfaced the roads and help improve the storm water in the neighborhood, that the perception of this neighborhood... Of being next to a poisonous waste site is gone."
The clean up plan has stirred opposition from the community. Many affected residents don't agree with the plan as it does not include the purchase of homes for relocation.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering their time towards these residential make-overs, please click here for more information on Protect Gainesville's Citizens.
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