Ten volunteers from the Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club spent Saturday doing some landscaping.
The landscaping took place at a Habitat for Humanity house located on the corner of Mississippi Street and 5th Avenue. Nine area Rotary Clubs partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help with the house. It is the first of three Habitat for Humanity houses to be built on the property with La Crosse Promise and Couleecap planning to build in the same area.
Steve O'Malley with the La Crosse Downtown Rotary said the project is an effort to revitalize the neighborhood.
"So much of the Washburn Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood are rental properties. Not all of them have been well kept," O'Malley said. "This puts us in a position where families who live here will own and occupy their own homes and bring in some more vitality to the neighborhood."
The eight new homes are expected to bring the property value up from $150,00 to more than $1 million.
O'Malley said neighborhoods are vital to growth in the city and surrounding areas.