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Volunteers to spruce up storefronts in downtown Grass Valley

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What: Paint the Town

When: Saturday, June 4; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Grass Valley

How: Register by meeting at the corner of Main and Mill streets at 8 a.m. June 4, or by visiting Grass Valley City Hall

Some Grass Valley city officials and business leaders have taken it upon themselves to help keep downtown Grass Valley looking beautiful.

“It’s like having your house in order, you want to look vivid, you want to look inviting, you want to look exciting,” said Vice Mayor Howard Levine. “This is the way we could take care of some of the things that take away the beauty of downtown Grass Valley.”

Over Memorial Day weekend, the city’s Department of Public Works will power wash streets and sidewalks to prepare for the June 4-5 “Paint the Town” project, which will see a volunteer team of residents, city officials and business leaders hitting several streets in downtown Grass Valley to renovate and repaint storefronts, clean up sidewalks, and plant flower beds.

The clean-up effort, which is coming back for a second time since its initial effort two years ago, is a collaboration between Grass Valley Downtown Association, the Nevada County Contractors Association and the City of Grass Valley.

Residents interested in becoming a volunteer for Paint the Town should meet at 8 a.m. June 4 at the corner of Mill and Main streets by Clock Tower Records, Levine said. Paint the Town will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4, and the clean-up will wrap up on June 5.

Volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver before the project starts, Levine said. People could also register for the event by checking with the city.

Levine said organizers are focusing on four to five commercial buildings this year. Project leaders, he said, chose these buildings by walking around downtown and pinpointing structures that need to be spruced up.

“We check with the property owners to see if they have any plans, what their financial situations are; and (whether) there things that preclude them from getting that done,” Levine said.

Some of the participants include Keoni Allen, president of Sierra Foothills Construction Company, City Manager Bob Richardson, Council member Lisa Swarthout, as well as Levine.

Property owners whose buildings are getting a facelift will fund the cost of paint, Levine said. Other equipment, material and supplies will be provided by the GVDA and through city funding.

“We would love to have many people turn out, and we will have lunch and music downtown,” said Levine. “It will be a sidewalk party without street closure.”

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.

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