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Rebuilding Together preps for next cluster build in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

For the second year in a row, Rebuilding Together is set to renovate an entire block of the city's Old Hill neighborhood, as the group plans to renovate 25 homes this month on Pendleton Avenue.

Last year, the group, with the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers, fixed up 25 homes in the same neighborhood on Tyler Street.

Organizers said it is all part of a plan to fix up 10 neighborhood blocks over 10 years.

"That's 10 contiguous blocks in the Old Hill neighborhood, from Tyler Street to Hickory Street," said Colleen Loveless, executive director of Rebuilding Together.  "This is year two on Pendleton Avenue.  We're going to impact, rebuild, over 250 homes in this 134 acres of Old Hill."

Officials said that will impact over 1,000 residents in the city.

One of those being helped this year is Ruel Jackson.

The 78-year-old has lived at his home on Pendleton Avenue since 1970, but he has had trouble maintaining it after two heart attacks and a stroke.

"I feel very good about it because I can't do it for myself," said Jackson. "I see somebody helping me do it and I feel very proud of it."

Which is exactly what Rebuilding Together wants, pride in the community. This month's projects will include more than just the 25 homes.

"The open spaces, the community gardens we're creating, the playground improvements that we're making, we're creating all of that into our revitalization efforts," said Loveless.

Those efforts will come to life on Saturday, April 26.

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