Vacant Building Brightens Block in Waterbury

Murals and mosaics are springing up around Waterbury.

Monday, Jul 16, 2012  |  Updated 7:18 PM EDT
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The city is encouraging property owners to clean up blighted buildings.

The city is encouraging property owners to clean up blighted buildings.

Two murals cover the street level of a vacant building on South Main Street in Waterbury, and they're much more attractive than what was there before.

"It looked a little rundown," said Daniel Brenes, whose financial business is around the corner on West Main Street. "I know there's a lot of vacant buildings that need some color, let's put it that way, just to fight some of the blight that's been happening in this city."

The murals are around the corner from a mosaic created by hundreds of volunteers and celebrated in a block party last month.

"I think we should have more events," said Vivian Rosario, who works at Rendezvous clothing store on South Main. "It kinda helps out the community, the customers, and us as well, helping one another, definitely."

There are painted parking meters on South Main, and new planters, but beautification will be wasted if the community doesn't support the merchants.  Rendezvous's landlord, Natalie Bram, said it's tough to find suitable tenants.

"I picked Rendezvous because I thought their merchandise, their bargain apparel, would suit the customers," Bram said. 

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