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Spartanburg beautification group hands out impact grants

Staff Report //January 7, 2020//

Spartanburg beautification group hands out impact grants

Staff Report //January 7, 2020//

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Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful this week announced the first six recipients of Community Impact grants designed to fund beautification projects across Spartanburg County.

Grant-receiving projects include signage for visitors, neighborhood cleanup and revitalization efforts, and adding more accessible green space for residents and visitors, according to a news release. In all, $14,565 in grants were awarded countywide.

“We were happy to have an interesting list of projects submitted from across Spartanburg County for grant approval,” Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful Executive Director Christy Snow said in the news release. “Each of these efforts will be an important catalyst for the organizations receiving grant funds, and they all align with the larger goals of Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful.”

Projects receiving grant money are:

  • The city of Woodruff received $2,000 to replace outdated signs welcoming residents and visitors to the town.
  • The Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association received $2,390 for beautification and landscaping of the area around a gazebo serving as the neighborhood’s entrance at the corner of South Church Street and West Hampton Avenue.
  • The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind received $2,125 to improve the landscaping around the school’s electronic signs to create a better first impression for passersby on Highway 56.
  • The Country Club Springs Community received $2,700 to remove dead trees and cut back overgrown trees to visually improve the area and allow for sunlight to help new grass grow. Grant money also will be used to revitalize the neighborhood’s common area.
  • The Forest Park Neighborhood Association received $2,850 to restore the neighborhood marquis at the corner of High Street and Collins Avenue.
  • The Converse Heights Neighborhood Association received $2,500 for beautification efforts for the largest neighborhood entryway, at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Woodburn Road.

OneSpartanburg is a five-year community and economic development strategy led by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to raise levels of prosperity and improve quality of life for all Spartanburg County residents. The plan focuses its recommendations on four key drivers: talent, image, economy and place.