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Third Annual Oak Street Neighborhood Fair Invites Residents to Improve Their Homes and Neighborhoods

Public Date: 5/2/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing & Communications Officer, Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan -- Celebrate the character of Oakland County's vintage neighborhoods at the third annual Oak Street Home & Neighborhood Fair on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free fair will be held in Pontiac at South Boulevard and Franklin, west of Woodward Avenue.

The event is sponsored by Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, the city of Pontiac, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, Rebuilding Together Oakland County and ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC).

The Oak Street Neighborhood Fair brings together residents and service providers who can help maintain and improve homes and neighborhoods. Visitors can get help with home repairs, home improvement, financial resources and gardening tips. In case of rain, the event will be held the following Saturday, May 14.

"Our urban neighborhoods are an extremely important component of Oakland County's quality of life," County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "The fair raises awareness of these neighborhoods and brings resources directly to homeowners.  By partnering with ITC and Rebuilding Together, the Oak Street Fair will combine informational resources with physical neighborhood and home improvements."

Among the exhibitors featured at the Oak Street Fair will be Rebuilding Together Oakland County; Habitat for Humanity; Lighthouse; Transform Pontiac; Pontiac Bi-centennial Commission; Pontiac Historical Commission; PNC Bank; Consumers Energy; Robin Adair Carpenter/window repair; Ron Gay contractor; Weatherization; and Dean Sutton contracting. For the kids, there will be several inflatables and a bounce house, courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

As part of their county-wide "Rebuild Day," volunteers from Rebuilding Together Oakland County (RTOC) will be on site to help rehabilitate 10 houses and a community park in the neighborhood. Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Rebuilding Together works to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities by providing free home modifications and repairs, making homes safer, more accessible and more energy efficient. More than 1,500 local volunteers will work on 50 projects across Oakland County on May 7, in addition to the Oak Fair Pontiac site.

"When the volunteers leave their project site Saturday evening, there will be a change in that community," said RTOC Executive Director Al Kaczkowski. "The residents can see a tangible result of a community effort and feel a spirit they can build upon." For more information on Rebuilding Together Oakland County, visit www.rebuildingtogether-oaklandcounty.org.

ITC Holdings Corp., headquartered in Novi, has donated nine Red Oak trees to the neighborhood and will plant them in the center median. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. the day of the fair. The largest independent electricity transmission company in the country, ITC operates high-voltage transmission systems in Michigan's Lower Peninsula and portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

For more information about the Oak Street Fair, call 248-546-4073.