Realtors, residents partnering to beautify local neighborhoods

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The Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors is teaming up with neighborhoods on Saturday, Sept. 12 to improve certain areas and hopefully build partnerships.

Through its Strong Neighbor Action Program, or SNAP, Realtors from the association will be leading teams to clean up and beautify three local neighborhoods: Chestnut Heights and Bayshore in Wilmington and Snow’s Cut in Carolina Beach.

“Realtors are very involved in their communities, and this is a way for them to give back,” said Shane Johnson, chief operating officer of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors.

Each neighborhood will have different projects, according to Johnson. In Snow’s Cut, volunteers will be cleaning and creating a welcome area at the entrance to the neighborhood, including installing a sign. In Chestnut Heights, work will include cleaning up Burnt Mill Creek and painting bridges. The largest undertaking will be in Bayshore, where Realtors and neighbors will be doing repair work on the Bayshore boat ramp.

“We wanted to select three different types of communities,” Johnson said. “We had neighborhood meetings in August and asked what projects people wanted. By and large the ideas came from the neighbors themselves.”

The initiative, which required cooperation between the Realtors, the cities of Wilmington and Carolina Beach, and the neighbors themselves, is a new venture for WRAR.

“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” Johnson said. “It’s our pilot program. We’re just kind of walking through it.”

Work at each site will begin at 9 a.m. and end around lunchtime. The projects are funded through the association’s foundation.

Johnson said the aim of this Saturday’s SNAP project day, other than to improve neighborhoods, is to help residents connect not just with the Realtors who work in their communities, but also their fellow neighbors.

“We just want people to participate. It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbor and interact with people that live on your street,” said Johnson. “We really want to build that interconnectivity.”