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Rebuilding Together renovates Pendleton Ave. in Springfield

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Constant rain and cooler temperatures could not keep the people away as Pendleton Avenue in the Old Hill neighborhood got a facelift on Saturday.

Crews were out as early as 5 a.m. preparing for the massive rebuild, which was put on by Rebuilding Together, along with nearly 1,000 volunteers.

For the second year in a row, on National Rebuild Day, the group focused its efforts on 25 homes on one street.

It is part of a 10-year strategic plan to renovate the neighborhood.

Both organizers and those benefiting from Saturday's rebuild told CBS 3 that it was impressive to see all of the work that gets done in one day.

Taking part in the cluster rebuild was the football team from Western New England University.

It was the eighth year in a row that they have taken on the project.

This year, the 90 or so athletes were responsible with clearing a lot on the street.

Their coach said his team realizes the importance of giving back to the community.

Organizers said that despite the weather, the majority of tasks were able to be done Saturday, focusing on things that improve residents' safety and health at home, as well as maximizing energy efficiency.

Volunteers will revisit the street in the near future to paint, as that was the one thing that could not happen outside due to the rain.

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