Wednesday, June 07, 2017 12:48 AM


In the 1920s, Glass Street thrived. But the once-vibrant area eventually became little more than a route to connect the downtown area to Enterprise South. However, that is changing due to a resurgence in community support over the past several years. Now, a $56,780 grant will add to the ever-building passion to revitalize the area. Glass House Collective formed in 2012 to stimulate the revival of the area through artist-led and community-oriented projects, and projects have since spawned partnerships with a variety of community-centered organizations - including Habitat for Humanity, which received the recent grant. The funding will mean money to kick-start a connector trail to the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, much-needed repairs to homes of residents in need of financial assistance, the demolition and renovation of several blighted commercial spaces and more, said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Grant Development Consultant Connie Fernandez. The trailhead connector will give Glass Street residents direct access to the 73rd Pennsylvania Reservation Trail and the Sherman Reservation Trail, and involve benches, maps and more. "They're looking to fund projects that are just the beginning of something bigger and better," Fernandez said. The grant, she said, represents the power of community engagement and ...

News source: Times Free Press

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