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Pettaway Neighborhood residents met at the monthly association meeting to discuss among other things the dilapidated and unkempt Job Corps Building.
“Enough is enough,” Planning Commissioner Keith Fountain and other residents of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association say: It’s time for the city to condemn the vacant and derelict Job Corps building at 21st and Vance and bulldoze it.
Fountain has witnessed thefts from the building with his own eyes. Windows have been knocked out and partially boarded up, and transients have lived in the building and set fires, Fountain said.
City Director Erma Hendrix raised the Job Corps issue at the Pettaway’s monthly meeting tonight at the 21st Alert Center, and several residents spoke in favor of tearing down the building. (One Central High school student, Arkiterea Harmon, suggested the building be rehabilitated for kids who have aged out of the foster care system, but, Hendrix told her, the asbestos and bad condition of the city would prevent that.) A refrain was that the eyesore, visible from Interstate 30 and 630, puts Little Rock in a bad light and expressed doubt that such a building would be allowed to stand in a more affluent neighborhood.
Pettaway residents will be circulating petitions to collect signatures from residents of Pettaway and neighboring communities such as Hanger Hill and Granite Mountain who are also dismayed by the long-standing condition of the Job Corps building. This community coalition will present the petition with collected signatures to the next City of Little Rock Board of Directors Meeting February 1, 2012.
Petitions will be available at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st. Street on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
For more information contact Carol Tabron, Pettaway Association President at email@example.com and Maggie Hawkins, East Broadway Alert Center Facilitator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501.376.3406.
Pettaway residents came out to observe National Night Out, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the neighborhood alert center (East Broadway Alert Center). The Pettaway Neighborhood Association extends a heartfelt “thank you” to Alert Center Facilitator, Maggie Hawkins and the Alert Center Team for organizing this annual observance. Nearly 50 Pettaway residents including children came together to fellowship and celebrate community.
The program included presentations from the City of Little Rock Code Enforcement Team, Fire Department, COP Officer Nellums, Ward 1 Board of Director, Erma Hendrix, Pettaway Neighborhood Association President, Carol Tabron, Mayor Stodola and more.
Residents heard from the longest residing Pettaway resident, Mrs. Boyle who recently turned 97 years young. She shared how she has seen the community transition and stuck around when it was experiencing significant challenges including issues of safety and general neglect of services and attention.
She talked about the work that went into acquiring the Alert Center and supporting the community. Mrs. Boyle stated that we in the room are the community and welcomed the new families into the neighborhood.
A wonderful and inspired evening was had by all.