The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance has been helping to organize volunteer groups to “button up” dilapidated properties in Calumet. The structures range from commercial businesses to residential homes, all of which have already been foreclosed on.
Main Street Calumet has also been instrumental in organizing the work. Executive Director Leah Polzien details what has been included in the jobs.
In most cases, the structures have been obtained by the Houghton County Land Bank. The organization’s main contact is Treasurer Lisa Mattila, who was on site last week helping with the volunteer efforts. Much of the work was in the 300 block of Eighth Street at the location of a former boarding house.
The Main Street Calumet Facebook page lists ongoing and future rehab projects.
“October 5 (today), 8-5 p.m., 806 Pine. Work includes painting and installing window covers, installing vents, fixing the roof of the back entrance, securing basement entrance, cleaning up the backyard, and finishing clean out of the interior. [We are anticipating having the majority of stuff inside removed prior.
October 7, 8-12 p.m., 511 5th Street. Work includes painting and installing window covers, installing vents, securing porch for back unit, and cleaning up the side and backyards.
Anyone interested in volunteering for any of these dates please contact Jeff Ratcliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-350-1206!”