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A Look at the 2010 Repair Affair

This was the second year for the Midtown Alliance of Neighbors hosted Repair Affair. We are excited to see it growing and thrilled both to have had the opportunity to work with old friends and to have met wonderful new folks willing to lend a helping hand.

As you all know this program works with seed money from the Kentucky Housing Corporation, steeply discounted and donated building materials, and volunteers – many of whom put in several days work preparing and making sure all repairs were done and done well. This year we helped 18 low-income homeowners in Paducah, most of whom are elderly or disabled.

The jobs we all worked together to complete went well beyond the sort of work that could typically be expected with this sort of program. During work events in May and October, dedicated folks tore off shingles and repaired roofs and their structures; repaired and replaced windows; re-sided an entire house; repaired metal fascia; installed a brick foundation; rewired and entire house; installed new heat and air units and repaired others; remediated mold and replaced a rotted floor; hung drywall; did minor plumbing, and scrapped and glazed and painted and painted.

With the help of $15,000 from the Kentucky Housing Corporation, we generated more than $50,000 worth of repairs for homeowners who desperately needed them.

In our position, we feel blessed to get to meet and work with everyone who gives so generously; to get to know homeowners and hear repeated thanks for the work that wouldn’t have been done without you; and to see the big picture of the good works accomplished.

For everyone who was involved in the 2010 Repair Affair, Thank you.

Neighbors helping neighbors

PADUCAH, Ky. – Local volunteers joined forces Saturday to help the MidTown Alliance of Neighbors during an event called Repair Affair.

The focus was one day devoted to help low income and disabled homeowners in need of critical maintenance and other issues.

Homeowner Carol Albright and her brother Vester Lawrence couldn’t be more pleased.

“I just really appreciate that so much, God has blessed us so much,” Albright said.

The two are disabled and taking care of the house got harder and harder.

“I’m not one to ask for help. I always like to do it myself, it’s very humbling,” Lawrence added.

The Alliance received $1,000 per home from the Kentucky Housing Authority for materials, but the labor is provided by volunteers.

If you would like to help contact Sharon Poet at 270-444-8947.

To learn more about the day’s activities, watch the accompanying video.

Original Source: Local 6 News

Why Live in the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood?

Across the nation there is a growing trend of people moving back to the city core. You can now take advantage of this rapidly growing trend. The City of Paducah is committed to revitalizing its older neighborhoods and transforming them back to the grandeur the community once enjoyed. Lowertown was the first undertaking of this effort and the community as a whole has embraced its great success. The Fountain Avenue project offers anyone interested the opportunity to be a part of the new old neighborhood (neotraditional) renaissance.

The Fountain Avenue housing stock contains a large variety of structures ranging from shotgun style, less than 1,000 square foot homes to larger, 4,000 plus square foot, eclectic, Victorian style homes. The Fountain Avenue Neighborhood is sure to contain a home that is right for you and your family!

The goal is to restore the neighborhood back to a mixed-income, economically diverse neighborhood similar in character to what it was in the early 1900’s. In order to maintain the character of the existing housing stock and make sure new construction is compatible with the neighborhood character, design standards have been put into place that helps maintain the historic fabric of the neighborhood. This is an important quality to preserve in order for the neighborhood to maintain its unique identity, promote a sense of home and to help maintain increasing property values.

Location and amenities are some of the key selling points in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is situated between an area west of North 13th to the west side of Fountain Avenue and the south side of Park Avenue to the alley just north of Jefferson Street. A project boundary map can be seen by clicking on the quick link to the right. This central location gives you easy access by walking, bicycling, public transit or driving to downtown shops and entertainment, the Lowertown Arts District and nearby recreation destinations such as Noble Park and Lang Park. Lang Park is a circular round-a-bout that is considered a key feature of the neighborhood. Improvements to the park are planned in the near future. Contact the Planning Department if you think you might be interested in living in a neighborhood with front porches, tree-lined streets, sidewalks, alternative transportation and a community where neighbors know and take care of each other.

The following map shows the status of parcels in the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood. A larger image can be accessed here.

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