Friday, April 08, 2011

Help Kickoff Old Duron Building Renovation Tomorrow

A local contractor, Whiting Turner, pulled together a volunteer team from their staff to do the first round of the volunteer work on the soon-to-be community building at 4109 Mt Vernon Ave. They are working on it tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 9 at 9:00am. While this conflicts with the stream clean-up in the area, it would be great to get a few volunteers out from surrounding neighborhoods.  It would be both to get more work done faster and to validate the volunteers from the contracting company that are taking an interest in our neighborhood.  Plus there's free pizza if you stay until the end.

The work includes pulling up tiles (they have power tools for this), cleaning the interior walls, and patching the effice on the exterior where the Duron signs used to be.  This prep work will allow the building to be painted at the Spring for Alexandria event on May 6.

Several members of city staff will be there to oversee and help.  Fans of the park and the farmers market, this would be a great way to get a sense of "I helped this happen" as the park improvements and community building renovation kicks off.  Dedicate as little or as much time as you want, just come out ready to apply some sweat equity to your community.

Here is the information from Alexandria Open Space Coordinator Laura Durham:
Meeting Time: 9:00 am
Location: 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria
What to Bring: Must Bring -- Yourself and your enthusiasm
Optional -- Any gardening tools that would be helpful for the outside work.
Optional -- Any cleanup tools -- brooms, dustpans, etc. -- for inside cleanup
What will be provided: I will have a cooler of bottled water and soda
Steve Walker is arranging with Sunbelt a motorized scraper for the VCT removal
Tim Garland is bringing the trash bags
I have weed killer & spray bottle
WT is providing the Dumpster
Steve and I will bring ladders 
I believe that we should be wrapping up between 12 and 1:00; there will be pizza for the volunteers at the end.
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