“It’s important because as lots become clean, the near neighbors become invested,” said BID director Hollie Malamud-Price. “We hope that it will also deter future dumping.”
The grant provides up to $23 per parcel for cleaning, and the BID has subcontracted with Goodwin Landscape out of Germantown to do the work.
‘They’ve done work with the horticultural society before,” Malamud-Price said. “We’re excited for them to get to work.”
Right now, the grant is good through October, but Malamud-Price is hopeful that the BID will receive the same grant again next year.
“We’re definitely going to re-apply in 2014, and I’m pretty optimistic,” Malamud-Price said. “We’re on the horticultural society’s radar, and that’s a step in the right direction.”
The lots currently slated for cleaning are on the east side of Germantown Avenue between Gorgas and Washington lanes.
“It should have a great effect on the neighborhoods,” Malamud-Price said. “We’re hoping the neighbors take ownership of the lots once they’re clean.”