When Alchemist began working with the vacant lot on Pansy Avenue it was being used as a dumping ground. In addition to illegal dumping, neighbors expressed concern of other illegal activities occurring there. One neighbor stated the area “[n]eeds to be kept clean so that the people who dump on the lot now know we are here and are caring for it and that it isn’t a dump anymore.” Thanks to Alchemist CDC and our partners, we’ve been able to clean up the lot and install a fence to prevent illegal dumping or other illicit activities. But this is only just the beginning. We are working with the city to create a community park and demonstration garden to include features that were chosen based on neighborhood input. We are meeting with neighborhood residents on Monday to discuss next steps and are closer than ever to realize the full potential of the space and completing the transformation from blighted dumping ground to community asset.