HOLLYWOOD - After the success of the first Great Neighborhoods Challenge in 2012, the City of Hollywood brought back its property improvement contest for round two! The idea behind the challenge is for the City, residents, and business owners to work together to improve the appearance of Hollywood neighborhoods. Property owners take “before” photos of their homes or businesses and then have a set period of time to make visible, exterior improvements. The Great Neighborhoods Challenge II kicked off on April 1st and wrapped up 5 months later on September 2nd. The challenge was extended by a month due to several weeks of inclement weather. The extension allowed participants additional time to complete their work and submit their “after” photos.
Susan Lepri-Van Kessel, a resident of the Hollywood Hills neighborhood who took part in the challenge shared her experience in an e-mail to the City writing, “What an exciting summer, with so many exterior changes! I just wanted to send a quick note and tell you how appreciative we are that we live in a town where people are encouraged to beautify the neighborhood.” Lepri-Van Kessel and her husband made landscaping improvements, completely renovated their garage area and renewed their fence, among other enhancements. In the close-knit Lawn Acres neighborhood, nearly 25 percent of neighborhood residents took part in the Challenge resulting in the highest participation rate of any area of the City. Overall, 17 different neighborhoods took part in the challenge with more than 230 property owners submitting completed entries.
The City will be awarding 50 property owners for their hard work and amazing visual improvements with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $2,500 for the most visibly improved properties. The Mayor and City Commissioners will be on hand to congratulate the winners at an Award Ceremony set for 6:00 pm on Monday, October 13th at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center located at 2030 Polk Street in Hollywood. Additionally, three eligible neighborhoods will be awarded a public space improvement, submitted by their civic associations, valued at up to $25,000.
The City of Hollywood thanks everyone who participated in the Challenge by either working hard to make improvements to their properties, spreading the word about the Challenge or developing a neighborhood Public Space Improvement entry. For more information, please call the Department of Community & Economic Development at 954.921.3271.
Caption 1: In the first GNC, more than $40,000 in cash prizes were awarded to homeowners throughout the City for improving their property.
Caption 2: Mayor Peter Bober and City Commissioners will be on hand to congratulate the winners at an Award Ceremony set for 6:00 pm on Monday, October 13th at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center located at 2030 Polk Street in Hollywood.