WATERFORD, Mich. – May 3, 2010 – Home owners can get free expert advice on home repairs or learn how to save their home from foreclosure while children can climb a rock wall or make their way through a maze at the second annual Oak Street Home & Neighborhood Fair.
The fair, which is sponsored by Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, is set for Saturday, May 8, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Scout Park. The park is located next to Hazel Park Junior High School on Russell, two blocks south of Nine Mile Road. Oakland County Parks and Hazel Park are also hosting the event. Oak Street is an outgrowth of the county’s highly successful Main Street Oakland County downtown preservation and revitalization program.
“Our neighborhoods are among our most prized assets and we must work diligently to preserve them and the quality of life we enjoy here,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I encourage residents from all over the county to take advantage of the free services offered at the Oak Street Home & Neighborhood Fair.”
The seminars and demonstrations include:
• Home Energy Conservation
• Window Repair
• Cure for Wet Basement
• Creating Rain Gardens and Edible Yards
• Tips on Identifying Architectural Style
• Save Your Home from Foreclosure
The event, which Hazel Park is hosting for the second year, celebrates neighborhood revitalization by presenting programs on sustainable home rehabilitation and neighborhood heritage. Food vendors, giveaways and entertainment are also part of the fair, which is also sponsored by Hazel Park and Oakland County Parks.
“There is something for the entire family to do while mom and dad are picking up home renovation tips and best of all, it’s free,” said Ron Campbell, principal planner and preservation architect for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services. “This event is for any homeowner or potential homeowner. Anyone who attends will come away with valuable information.”
Oak Street is a program unique to Oakland County. It is an outgrowth of the county’s highly successful Main Street Oakland County economic development program, which targets traditional downtowns for preservation and improvement. Oak Street helps stabilize, maintain and improve neighborhoods through education and technical assistance provided by the county and others. The goal is to preserve the unique character of one of the county’s most valuable assets, its neighborhoods. Patterson announced the creation of Oak Street in 2008 in his state of the county address.