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1-acre community garden to replace drug houses in Phoenix

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — A group of hardworking volunteers in Phoenix spent Monday’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance turning a dirt lot into something more.

Tom Waldeck with Keep Phoenix Beautiful said the site near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road, which had once been drug houses, will be be a 1-acre garden that should growing by the Oct. 28 ribbon cutting.

Volunteers were digging and putting up fencing for the new Pierson Street Garden.

Created and funded by the nonprofit 9/11 Day, Cities of Service is partnering with Keep Phoenix Beautiful, the city of Phoenix, and Lowe’s Home Improvement to honor the lives of those lost and injured 16 years ago during the Sept. 11 attacks.

“For the past six years we’ve had a 15-acre garden at Central and Indian School. That was shut down due to property transfers at the beginning of the year,” Waldeck said.

“This site … will have about 80 garden beds available. We’ll also have a solar demonstration house built by Arizona State University.”

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