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Community garden grows from site of Roanoke apartment fire

By Joe Dashiell, jdashiell@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:36:52 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 11 2013 10:32:23 PM EDT

Years after fire destroyed a Roanoke apartment building, a new project is taking root on the property.

ROANOKE,Va. -

Years after fire destroyed an apartment building, a new project is taking root in Roanoke.

On June 25th, 2007, a huge fire at Maple Shades Apartments on 13th Street displaced dozens of people.

The lot has been empty since then, but it's now the home of the Mountain View Community Garden.

Mark Powell is director of the Roanoke Community Garden Association. "It's nice that community gardens can improve the view and aesthetic of a neighborhood," Powell told WDBJ7. "And I think is  a perfect example of that.  This land has been empty for many years. It's connected to the Mountain View Recreation Center and the rose garden, so I feel like we're really just expanding what is really a park-like atmosphere here."

This is the 5th garden the Roanoke Community Garden Association has developed. When it's complete, the Mountain View Community Garden will have enough beds for about 30 families to grow their own food.