Urban community garden gets evicted by city

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) Garden Station is being evicted by the city and the group involved in the popular community urban garden packed their belongings Monday.

The group had until midnight to remove all their belonging, because the city officially took back possession of the property on November 1.

What took eight years to build, was dismantled in a matter of hours.  Moving trucks and volunteers packed up whatever was salvageable from the urban community garden.  The group received a letter from the city back in March, letting them know their lease on the property would end on October 31.  The city sold the property to a developer who plans to turn the space into condos.

Garden Station project manager Lisa Helm said this is a great loss for the community.

“We’re preparing to take as much as we can salvage by tonight.  I don’t think we’re going to have enough time to get everything.  We’ve got thousands of dollars in perennial plants here to move and we don’t really have enough room to take it to,” Helms said.

Helms said they’ve received a couple of verbal offers from the city to lease other properties within the city, but the she said none of the spaces comparable to the former site in terms of size and location.

She also said the group doesn’t want to lease space from the city again, they would rather own, for fear of something like this happening again.

The city declined our request for interview.

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