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City to throw another block party

Next neighborhood makeover scheduled for September

Posted: July 21, 2008 1:43 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Arch Street in Newhall is the next street on the list for the city's Extreme Neighborhood Makeover program. In a revitalization effort, code enforcement officers will throw a block party to start off the renovation process.

If you live in east Newhall, get ready to party.

A neighborhood of about 150 properties near the Santa Clarita Community Center in Newhall is next on the city’s list to get an Extreme Neighborhood Makeover team. City officials sweep into a run-down neighborhood, throw a block party and nudge residents to clean up their properties for the good of the neighborhood.

The Newhall party is planned for September, Supervising Community Preservation Officer Curtis Williams said Thursday. Code enforcement officers will inspect the “curb appeal” of single-family homes and apartment complexes in the area near Market Street and Arch Street, he said.

On June 26, city code enforcement officers rolled into a Canyon Country neighborhood with their ice chests, barbecues and deck chairs and offered assistance to the owners of 130 properties identified as having code violations.

Common violations in the area east of Whites Canyon Road included peeling roofs, tall weeds and inoperable vehicles in the yards.

On June 27, city officials sent out letters to the 130 residents listing the area’s biggest code violations and how to fix them. The residents were given 30 days to make the repairs and Community Preservation Officer Cruz Caldera will start enforcing the first week of August.

First on the list will be homes along Altamere Avenue and Caldera will work west toward Whites Canyon Road, Williams said.

“As Cruz is going through and notifying the neighbors of what needs to be done on their properties, the city is going to then get in motion with streets and urban forestry (departments) to do our part to take care of the roads and take care of the parkways,” Williams said.

At the block party, the city staff recruited more than a dozen volunteers to help the city’s urban forestry crews trim trees and plant new trees throughout the summer. If homeowners get cited and ask for help making the necessary improvements, city staff will call on a handful of nonprofit groups that have offered to pitch in.

“We’re having the community help the community,” he said.

Once city workers wrap up the makeover effort in Newhall, they will move into a neighborhood on the west side of Whites Canyon Road, Williams said. He said the city is in the process of hiring another code enforcement officer, who will focus on the area west of Whites Canyon Road.


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