With nearly 30,000 West Virginia University number-one-party schoolers running around Morgantown, W.Va., neighborhoods surrounding campus take a pretty hard hit when it comes to destruction, trash, and downright filth. Clean it up: that was the goal of Campus Neighborhoods Revitalizations Corporations (CNRC) when they started the Sunnyside Up initiative in 2004. Currently, Sunnyside Up is one of CNRC’s primary projects.
So what exactly is Sunnyside Up, you ask. Sunnyside Up is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Sunnyside neighborhood in Morgantown, W.Va. It is a partnership between the City of Morgantown and West Virginia University with a mission to address infrastructure and housing needs in the neighborhoods surrounding the main campus of WVU.
Since it’s beginning, Sunnyside Up has been working with WVU students, Morgantown landlords and local residents on a wide variety of projects. Some of these projects include:
- The Design Assistance Project: aims to provide professional assistance on property rehabilitation
- The Facade Program: provides Sunnyside property owners funds to renovate and improve their properties to make them more appealing and safe
- The Sidewalk Grant Program: aims to clean up and rebuild sidewalks in the area by matching Sunnyside property owners up to $3,000 toward the replacement of sidewalks in the neighborhood
- The Sunnyside Dumpster Program: cleans and repaints dumpsters in the neighborhood that have been burned, destructed and/or unkept
Ultimately, Sunnyside Up is an organization that was created through the collaboration of residents and students who truly care about the well-being of the City of Morgantown and its people. Through the creation of projects and programs that tackle issues of infrastructure, graffiti, trash pick-up and more, Sunnyside can become “America’s Best College Neighborhood” one step at a time.
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