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Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps restoration

The formerly blighted, tax-foreclosed property at 3518 Kinzie Ave., Racine has been completely renovated by the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps.

RACINE — A local effort to train young adults to redevelop vacant, tax-foreclosed properties in Racine County has completed its first house in the City of Racine.

Through the assistance of Racine County, the City of Racine, the Racine Community Foundation and several other public agencies and private corporations, the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (CCC) completed the construction and rehabbing of a formerly blighted, tax-foreclosed property at 3518 Kinzie Ave.

“Through the efforts at this one house, the greater Racine community gains many solutions — new quality housing, the removal of lead-based paint from existing homes, homeownership, the promise of the potential of young adults, and an extensive partnership of several corporations and agencies that are committed to making the City of Racine and Racine County a better place,” said Chris Litzau, president of Great Lakes CCC. “This is truly a comprehensive community initiative.”

The home will be sold to a new owner-occupant.

Under the guidance of experienced contractors and technical experts, training participants of the Great Lakes CCC learned construction skills to transform the vacant house. LandQuest, a Kenosha-based home restoration and property management company, served as the project’s general contractor.

The comprehensive training initiative was created to provide nontraditional training opportunities to young adults who are often marginalized in society. The young adults help to redesign, retrofit and rebuild formerly boarded, dilapidated houses for future occupancy by owner-occupant households.

The Kinzie Avenue property is the first of several to be completed in Racine County by training participants.

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