|More swiss chard|
belatedly figured out why no one was harvesting from it and remedied that today.
The neighborhood girls came by to harvest tomatoes and greens from their beds. They also watered a bit. They turned their nose up at their beans because so many of them had already gone to seed. I rescued almost a pound of green beans from their plot after they left and added it to our Faith Mission donation. The girls had no interest in cleaning out their beds today and their uncle was yelling at them from across the street to not get dirty.
Cherry) and spent a lot of time fixing it up. The box gutters have been repaired and they are already remodeling inside. Since that building had for a while been the stock photo of urban blight at the Dispatch, this is also welcome news.
The other big news in the neighborhood is that a large Westerville property developer, The Woda Group, has announced intentions to buy twelve lots (which are mostly vacant) along the north side of East Main Street, starting at the corner of Fairwood and Main, in order to build a 54-unit affordable senior apartment building. This will not include the vacant, ancient and blighted apartment building at the corner of Fairwood and Cherry (caddy-corner from the Urban Connections ministry house). Strangely, they have not
included any drawings of what the building will look like, although there are some preliminary architectural and landscaping sketches. They will be making a community presentation about the project tomorrow night at 7 at Central Community House on East Main Street. They will need a variance from the City and have filed a request with the Near East Area Commission. I would have to assume that a brand new building will be a welcome improvement over the vacant lots and buildings which current sit on those lots. However, we also have to wonder if there is a market for such housing and whether they will be adequately maintained and monitored. I also wonder if the new residents would want to garden with us in their spare time . . . .