(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A major piece of the revitalization puzzle in downtown Hazleton now has a name and a plan for the future. As the I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick shows us…it is a project that many thought would never become a reality.
“Last year, if you would have said it was going to be a green space people, would not have believed you,” Said Diane Zizzo of Hazleton. But seeing is believing. This green space is now called the “CAN DO Community Park.”.
It’s located at the intersection of Broad and Laurel Streets. It’s named after the Hazleton Area’s economic development group which has helped raised funds for Hazleton’s revitalization efforts.
“We are proud to have our village green located in the heart of our downtown. The entrance way into our new arts center by the end of the year,” Boasted Gary Lamont, President of the CAN DO Foundation.
It was a vacant, stone covered lot. It is now being transformed into a gathering place— brick sidewalks and walls —where folks can sit and enjoy the outdoors.
“A lot of places are just so congested. You have that downtown claustrophobic feeling. To have a nice open space is really important,” Said Mayor Jeff Cusat.
And that is important to folks like Diane Zizzo who works in downtown Hazleton “I think it’s great. I’m raising my son here in Hazleton. I want him to have nice things to do and places to go and of course, it’s going to be nice and clean and new. We need a pick me up here in Hazleton and I think this is a start.”
Developers say the bottom line is this. This green space will be here for generations to come.
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