One Week, One Street cleans up city streets - WNEM TV 5

One Week, One Street cleans up city streets

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

One street at a time. That's the goal of an improvement project in Saginaw.  

This year, hundreds of volunteers are focused on a street located on the city's east side.  

An army of volunteers fanned out across Harold Street. They will spruce up 56 houses and properties within a six block area this week.  

Peter Gembrowski is a youth leader from Nouvel High School. He got involved in the project last year and couldn't wait to do it again this year.

"I really like it. I know I do a lot of service projects and this is just a real great one to do," Gembrowski said.

David Najar has lived in a house on Harold Street for eight years.  He's grateful for the volunteers helping him improve it.

"I tell you, it's a blessing," Najar said. "That's why I told them, whatever I can do I'm gonna help too. That's what I'm doing right now."

Under the watchful eye of a Michigan State Police trooper, the volunteers cleaned trash and moved brush out of vacant lots. 

The project not only beautifies the neighborhood but also it cuts down crime.

Besides making houses look nicer volunteers will also build a play park for children and plant a community garden.

The next three streets to receive attention in the One Week, One Street project will be Rust in 2015, Roberts in 2016 and Russell in 2017. 

This year, Harold Street will be reconfigured by Friday.  

The One Week, One Street effort follows a week long Habitat for Humanity blitz that included fixing 20 homes near Saint Stephen Elementary School on Saginaw's west side.

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