Celebrating community diversity
A mural currently being produced on the north facing wall of 414 Hayes Street is one part of the neighborhood improvement project currently underway under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, with financial support from Wells Fargo Bank, according to CACLV associate executive director of community development Ellen Larmer.
Holly Fields-Scott of Bella Pintura Inc. is working on the mural, which she says “celebrates diversity of the community” and which should be finished by the end of July. After the brick exterior wall received repairs, Fields-Scott was spotted outlining and painting the mural with her daughter, Nevada’s, assistance on June 23. Their work will continue to the end of July she estimates.
Larmer explained that 414 and 418 Hayes Street, both owned by the Land Trust, will be completely rehabbed and sold as “workforce housing, and be income restricted for 99 years through the land trust model.” She said that the Southside Vision development committee is identifying properties to improve neighborhoods, and that the middle property at 416 Hayes Street, which is private investor owned, will participate as well.
Larmer also mentioned that new street trees will be planted on Hayes Street in spring 2018 to replace dead or dying trees in the neighborhood.