By TODD GLASSCOCK
“Renovation” is the word for the final phase of this year’s Mineral Wells Police Department’s four-phase Project 365.
Renovation is also what’s planned for selected homes in the project area as part of the department’s effort to help reduce crime and generally clean up and restore an area of town to make it safe and livable, said Mineral Wells police Sgt. Patrick Adams. This is the second year the program has been in effect.
This final phase involves volunteers adopting a home to provide maintenance on them over the next 90 days, he said. All of the homeowners have approved of having their homes worked on.
Kelli Buschow, project coordinator for phase four, said seven homes in the project area need exterior paint, lawn maintenance and minor exterior repair.
“Most homes this time are those of elderly people in need,” she said. “Anything you can do is appreciated by them.”
This year the project covers a roughly 12-block area from the 2100 block of South Oak Avenue to S.E. 2nd Avenue to S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 15th Street to S.E. 16th Avenue to about the 1600 block of S.E. 21st Street.
“We want to get houses adopted by the end of June,” Buschow said.
Anyone with a team interested in sponsoring a home can contact Buschow at Nix Rental Homes at 940-325-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, the program covered a roughly 24-block area from S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 14th Avenue, east to west, and Martin Luther King Jr. Street to Municipal Highway 379, north to south. When the project ended last year, results showed that crime in the area was reduced by 6 percent, more than 50,000 pounds of trash were picked up and several dilapidated properties were improved.