KENTWOOD, La. (WVUE) – Two weeks ago, business leaders, community activists and state officials met in Kentwood to discuss revitalization strategies, and organizers are ready to prove that ‘they are more about action than talk.
Community activists say their first plan of action is to identify empty or derelict spaces in the city center and turn them into suitable spaces for outdoor community events.
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Attorney George Hayes has worked with the community to develop a plan and says organizers have already made progress in getting permission from the city government to clear city property for use of the event. He is now calling on volunteers to help activists clean up vacant lots behind the old glass store on Highway 51 (Main Street).
“These lots are owned by the city and would be perfect for community events like a farmers market or an afternoon concert,” Hayes said. “The City of Kentwood has given us permission to use this property for community events.”
The Kentwood Rotary Club will take to the streets on Friday, March 11 at 9 a.m. to begin cleanup efforts and they say anyone who feels called to help is welcome.
“There really isn’t much to do but everyone is welcome to help out or watch the cleanup effort,” Hayes said.
Hayes also said he would like to see the space used as a potential outdoor concert venue and invited artists of all kinds to connect with the community.
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