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Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 07:23 pm


The revitalization work continues in Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood, as volunteers begin the process of turning a handful of old houses into new homes. On Sept. 22, 33 students from Lanphier High School in Springfield descended on Enos Park to start work on houses that were purchased by the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association. Students from the girls’ volleyball team, boys’ soccer team, German club and National Honor Society started clearing out four houses that will later be renovated. Most of the association’s houses are sold for extraordinarily low prices to “urban pioneers” who can provide sweat equity while preserving some of the homes’ old-style design elements. The group is putting 15 of its houses on display for its “Before and After Home Tour,” which showcases the transformation of dilapidated houses into beautiful new creations. The tour features homes in varying states of completion, from vacant to completely revitalized. It’s planned for noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6, and tickets are $5 in advance at Qik-n-EZ stations around Springfield, as well as Suzie Q’s Restaurant, 716 E. Enos Ave., Bicycle Doctor, 1037 N. Fifth St., and Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St.
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