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Local businesses, volunteers help homeowner meet code

Posted: June 23, 2009 3:22 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2009 3:23 p.m.
 
On Saturday, June 20, Oaksprings Landscaping and volunteers from Grace Baptist Church helped out with a Canyon Country homeowner's city code violations free of charge.

The group removed old cement and installed sidewalk pavers, and completed preparation for the installation of a new front lawn, parkway, shrubs and automatic irrigation system.

Landscaping company employees and church volunteers removed vegetation and overgrown tree roots, as well as rocks and debris from the front yard. The group also completed soil conditioning and grading and installed new sidewalk pavers and an irrigation system.

After being contacted by City Community Preservation staff regarding the numerous City code violations on his property, the senior homeowner expressed concern that he could not afford to bring his home into compliance on his limited fixed income and with no assistance.

With the homeowner's permission, the city worked with local businesses and volunteers to address his code violations free of charge.

In addition to the June 20 landscaping project, StayGreen, Inc. trimmed a 40-foot, heavily overgrown tree. SJA Painting also pressure washed stucco on the home's exterior, and removed and repainted deteriorated paint on the home's exterior trim, as well.

The city of Santa Clarita began its Extreme Neighborhood Makeover program in July 2008. The program involves a unique and bold step by the city, in partnership with the community, to proactively resolve neighborhood beautification and safety issues.

The program aims to help maximize property values throughout local neighborhoods and best assist individual property owners with the challenges they face in complying with the law.

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