Building a Better Block: Community leaders want input on Western Ave.

SOUTH BEND South Bend is once again turning to revitalization efforts in some of its distressed areas. Community leaders are asking for public input about the Western Avenue Corridor.

The Greater South Bend-Mishawaka Realtor's Association has partnered with the city of South Bend to host a weekend awareness event in October. First, they are inviting the community to a meeting on Tuesday, July 22, to gain public support and interest and to get feedback about the area.

The "Building a Better Block" event is made possible through a grant from the National Realtor's Association, a program created to positively impact local communities. The grant will allow for cosmetic improvements in the area such as planters, banners and cleanup.

One of the organizers says the overall goal is to bring awareness to the potential economic benefits of existing businesses in the area.

"It's an avenue that's underutilized economically," said Myron Larimer, the CEO of the Greater South Bend-Mishawaka Realtor's Association. "We see a lot of potential here."

The target date for the weekend "Building a Better Block" project is October 17-19.

The public input meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the St. Adalbert's Cultural Center in South Bend.

For more information about the project, click here for the Facebook page.

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