Agencies partner together to help revitalize Garfield neighborhood

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The Garfield Coalition held a second community meeting for the Garfield neighborhood revitalization project Wednesday.

The coalition is made up of several agencies including Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks, Rapid City Code Enforcement and Community Development, the Rapid City Police Department and Western South Dakota Community Action Agency.

Those organizations have partnered to help improve the Garfield neighborhood, an area that generally runs from Anamosa Street south to North Street and West Boulevard North to Haines Avenue.

The project includes Black Hills Habitat building 12 new homes, GBA Incorporated restoring the old Garfield School into 12 state–of–the–art apartments and much more.

Black Hills Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Scott Engmann says, "The Garfield neighborhood is really a gem of a neighborhood. And what I mean by that is it has all the features that we're looking for now–a–days in terms of walk ability to downtown, to green space, to the Civic Center, to the high school, to Horace Mann Pool, to recreation, to M Hill. So proximity wise, it's fantastic. It also has an aging housing stock. So we see a lot of homes that need that improvement, and an organization like Habitat and our partners coming together to raise the support and get the volunteers involved allows us to do it at a very affordable level so families can truly stay in their homes."

Members of the neighborhood brought up concerns including parking and construction of the new facilities.

Engmann says they are happy that the neighbors are bringing concerns to the table because it shows that the community wants the project to be the best fit for everyone's needs.

He says they plan to host monthly meetings for anyone with additional concerns.

The project is expected to begin late this year and take around two years.