Warren, Ohio, Wednesday, June 27, 2013: For Immediate Release
gregg’s gardens announced today that it has received a $5000 grant from the PNC Foundation in support of the Warren volunteer group’s effort to create a Garden District near downtown Warren. The creation of a Garden District is an economic development program designed to make the 22 square block area just north of downtown Warren a more desirable place to visit and live.
The initiative will plant gardens in 58 vacant lots and up to 50 lots that are now occupied by condemned houses. Most of the gardens will feature wildflowers and native plants but several plots will consist of community vegetable gardens, plus one quarter-acre field of barley.
“Communities thrive when residents are engaged in efforts to revitalize their neighborhoods,” said Ted Schmidt, regional president for PNC Bank, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “By involving those most invested in reclaiming the city’s blighted areas, gregg’s gardens and TNP are planting the seeds of positive change in our community.”
“We believe that leveraging the city’s demolition of vacant houses to create gardens allows us to reclaim this neighborhood and better position it as an attractive place for economic development,” said gregg’s gardens volunteer Dennis Blank.
“Walkability is a huge factor in revitalizing neighborhoods and residents in the proposed Garden District will be able to easily walk to downtown, Harding High School and nearby parks,” said Matt Martin, Program Director for Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP), the fiscal agent and operational engine for the project.
Other major funders of this project include The Trumbull 100, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Warren G. Harding classes of 1967, ‘68 and ’69, Friends and Family of Gregg Snyder, The Dominion Foundation, AVI Foodsystems, Diane Sauer Chevrolet, All American Cards and Comics, Vlad Pediatrics, Carl W. Hall Funeral Services, The Horse Shoe Bar, Rotary Club and more than 250 other local businesses and individuals.