Volunteers to clean site of collapsed building

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - After sitting dormant for more than two years, the site of a deadly building collapse in Chesterfield County will get a little tender loving care.

Chester Village Green is a well-established community. Homes and shops surround the site of a collapsed building.  The building is not a danger to the community but the county knows it's not pretty to look at. That's why county workers are willing to help clean it up.

Tangled tangerine nets draw your eyes to the gravel-covered ground.  The wall partially painted in old insulation is also hard to miss.

"The foam," said Chester Village Green resident Ann Crews.  "That's the worst looking thing up here."

Ann Crews live in the Chester community.  She calls the abandoned site an eye-sore and a sad reminder of the man who died when this building collapsed.

"Oh, I think about it every time I pass by here," said Crews.

After listening to concerns Chesterfield County Interim Deputy County Administrator Bill Dupler helped organize a cleanup set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

"This is unique in terms of something with the public, the owner and the county working together to bring about a solution," said Dupler.  "And that's what these troubled times are all about economically."

Are you all investing any money in this?  "We're investing sweat-equity of volunteers from the community development division of the county," said Dupler.

With homemade flyers in hand, Ann is rounding up volunteers as she distributes the fliers to businesses and homeowners.

"We have no problem at all coming up here and working our little butts off," said Crews.

And although the task at hand is a big one...

"We're going to pick up all the loose trash and debris. We're going to take care of all this."

The payoff is even greater.

"We're going to clean up this construction site and we're going to prepare it to paint a beautiful mural on the walls here."

To donate supplies or help with the cleanup:

Saturday, March 26
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
email Ann Crews:  crewsann1@comcast.net