The Clarence Hollow makeover begins
For a house that was built in 1810, this building may look pretty good to the untrained eye. For Dave Metzger, senior code enforcement officer, this was not the case. After seeing several code violations in this building, and hearing of the extreme makeover goal, he suggested starting with this here.
The building is owner occupied by Ron and Jenifer Mooers Nowicki. The family has done several things to help renovate the home themselves, but is now receiving willing help from the community.
The plan shows that the existing windows will be painted and restored. A railing will also be added to the front steps to bring this section of the house up to code.
To improve the looks of the home, planter boxes will be put around exposed existing foundation posts and the large trees surrounding the building will be removed.
Volunteers will be helping with the project but many more are still needed to get the work done in a timely manner.
Donations have been given by several companies to help with labor and cost. Several supplies have been donated as well.
Jean O’Connell, President of the Clarence Hollow Association, is ready and excited to get started on their first project.
“My goal is to beautify the Hollow,” she said.
She adds that the biggest complaint from residents is the looks of the Hollow.
“I’ve lived here since I was an 8-year-old and I’m hoping this will help it turn around.”
After this year, an application process will take place. Owners will be able to apply for their building to be ‘made over’. The Clarence Hollow Association will then choose the one that they believe needs it the most and will have the largest impact on the community.