LEED certification and drastic home improvements are coming to 35 Diamond NE and 1037 Helen NE. LeeKitson builders is partnering with the City of Grand Rapids and the Midtown Neighborhood Association to perform “miracles” on the aforementioned Brikyaat homes. Both homes are vacant and were foreclosed upon. Both will receive interior and exterior make-overs as well as some landscaping improvements such as flowers, shrubs, trees and decorative fencing. Midtown Community Organizer Kelly Otto has toured both homes and made suggestions in accordance to Crime Prevention through Environmental Design standards. Alan Kitson attended the January 2011 Neighborhood Improvement Committee meeting to introduce himself, LeeKitson Builders and the project at 1037 Helen NE.
Midtown’s Neighborhood Improvement and Public Safety Committees will continue to focus committee efforts as well as volunteer efforts in the Brikyaat in order to continue the positive momentum built by the extensive efforts of residents on the Brikyyat Area Specific Plan, adopted as an overlay to the City of Grand Rapids Zoning Master Plan. If you are a resident of one of these two blocks keep an eye in your mailbox for a meeting invitation with the developer, LeeKitson Builders, and Midtown representatives to learn more about how these projects can be used as catalysts for positive changes on the block! Here’s to looking at a more vibrant Helen Street and 0 block Diamond corridor in 2011!