Neighborhood cleanup in Cleveland's Slavic Village continues despite heat

CLEVELAND - Despite the extreme heat, dozens of volunteers turned out on Wednesday to help clean up a Slavic Village neighborhood.

The effort was arranged by Slavic Village Recovery, LLC, a collaboration between Forest City Enterprises, Safeguard Properties, RIK Enterprises, Neighborhood Progress Inc., Slavic Village Development and the city of Cleveland.

Volunteers from the different entities focused their energy on three-square blocks along Fleet Avenue, from East 53rd Street through East 55th Street.

Clean-up crews began working at 9 a.m. and sweltered through the day picking up trash, landscaping, cutting lawns and tending to boarded-up properties in the area.

Representatives from Slavic Village Recovery told NewsChannel5 they are taking a "holistic approach" to dealing with the issues in the neighborhood - and this cleanup is just the beginning.

"There's about 2,300 homes and we're looking at impacting roughly 400 of those houses over the next couple of years," said project director Jeff Raig. "We're looking at transforming an entire neighborhood, not just on a house-by-house basis."

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