Volunteers, local businesses work for cleaner Southfield Road

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published April 23, 2015

 Trash clogs a ditch at the northeast corner of Southfield and 12 Mile roads. The Lathrup Village DDA is looking for volunteers to help clean up the corridor on May 17.

Trash clogs a ditch at the northeast corner of Southfield and 12 Mile roads. The Lathrup Village DDA is looking for volunteers to help clean up the corridor on May 17.

Photos by Donna Agusti

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — In the spirit of spring cleaning, volunteers will band together to take on the trash lining the Southfield Road corridor on May 17.

In an effort coordinated through the Downtown Development Authority Design Committee, volunteers will not only pick up trash, they will also landscape community gateways at Lincoln and 12 Mile, and provide local businesses with supplies and manpower for a special project of their choosing.

The Design Committee gives special focus to the physical appearance of the DDA district, which spans the Southfield Road corridor between Lincoln and 12 Mile roads, officials said.

Lathrup Village DDA Executive Director and Assistant City Administrator Martha Potere said businesses along the road are invited to apply to be selected for a special project of their choosing — whether it be landscaping, planting, site cleanup or any other similar project.

Potere said the DDA will contribute six volunteers and $250 toward materials to three lucky businesses.

“The Design Committee really wanted to do something to make the corridor look better,” Potere said. “The main contribution is the design and aesthetics of the corridor.”

A panel of judges from the Design Committee will select the winners based on the impact their project will have on the corridor, Potere said.

“The more visible and the more impact the project has, the more it’ll score,” Potere said.

In September, 28 volunteers met for a similar project along the corridor, where they picked up trash, landscaped, and edged and cut the grass.

This time, Potere said, the committee is teaming up with partners. City Grace Church, located at 26026 Southfield Road, will contribute 30 volunteers for a cleanup in tandem with the DDA’s. The Road Commission for Oakland County has offered to pick up the bags of trash once the cleanup is done, Potere said.

Marilyn Boladian, Design Committee volunteer, said in an earlier report that residents need to step up and take action if they see a problem within their community.

“I think it’s really important for people to come out if they really believe in the community and want to make a difference,” Boladian said previously. “For me, personally, to see what was going on in the community, instead of talking, I need to step up, and others do, too.”

This year, Potere said, the DDA has a goal of at least 50 volunteers. Those interested in volunteering are asked to RSVP to Potere at assistant@lathrupvil lage.org.

Businesses looking to apply for the special projects can obtain an application from Potere at assistant@lathrupvillage.org. Applications are due to Potere by May 1.

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