OSWEGO, NY — Oswego has seen its neighborhoods begin to look a little fresher thanks to the efforts of the Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA). The program helps communities revitalize homes and businesses by supplying groups of neighbors with the resources necessary to revitalize their communities.
The success of the ORA has left many in neighboring Fulton seeking similar revitalization efforts in their own city. Thanks to the rise of the Fulton Block Builders Program, they’re finally getting their wish. The program was announced in December 2016, and just completed its fundraising goal of $50,000, which will be added to a $100,000 donation from the Shineman Foundation.
The program aims to encourage collaboration between neighbors for exterior renovations to their properties. The program coordinators say the renovations help strengthen market values in the area. The program also aims to bring neighbors together.
Administrative Director of the program Linda Eagan says people in Fulton are excited.
“The community response has been overwhelming,” Eagan said. “I have lots of volunteers helping me, and the donations just keep rolling in.”
The program will begin projects this summer. If you and your neighborhood would like to apply, the deadline for pre-applications is April 14.