Unity Park Neighborhood Feature Story
Green Thumb Landscaping O & K enterprises was founded by Kvondre Fluellen and Ozell Brownlee. Kvondre and Ozell are not only business partners but they are also grandfather and grandson. Ozell developed this passion for gardening growing up as a kid in the south. This passion for gardening and landscaping was passed down to his grandson Kvondre and inspired the two of them to start what is today know as Green Thumb Landscaping O & K enterprises.
Kvondre, a Pontiac native, loves his team and the communities he works in. Kvondre has one way of describing Green Thumb Landscaping O & K enterprises.
“We are a family oriented company. We treat all of our clients like family and go over and beyond to make sure they are happy not with just our prices but with our work. We put our hearts into every yard.” Kvondre said.
Green Thumb Landscaping O & K enterprises has been in operation for two years and has made a great impact on the Pontiac Community. As a local Pontiac business Green Thumb Landscaping O & K has developed strong ties to the community. “Community Housing Network Inc. has been great to us and continues to open many doors for us,” said Kvondre.
For more information about Green Thumb landscaping O & K enterprises call 248-909-3965
Unity Park Community Garden
The Unity Park Garden is a community resource for all neighbors in Unity Park and Pontiac. The Unity Park Community Garden connects neighbors to fresh, healthy food options in walking distance of their homes. On June 13th, 2015 neighbors from the community came together to plant all sorts of herbs and vegetables. These vegetables included: Onions, Chives, Cabbage, Beets, Cucumbers, Peppers, Spinach, Carrots, Green Beans, Kales, Cabbage, Peas, Squash, Turnips and Collards.
All of the vegetables and herbs that are grown in the Unity Park Community Garden are 100 percent organic. To get involved in the garden call: 248.928.0111
September 11th Ford Service Day
In honor of September 11th employees from Ford Motor Co. committed to a day of service in the Unity Park Community Garden. This event was a project that will directly impact the beautification of the Unity Park neighborhood. Activities of this beautification project included: painting raised garden beds, planting three fruit trees, planting seventy blueberry bushes around the perimeter of the garden and applying mulch around the perimeter of the garden.
12 New homes are coming to Unity Park
After securing a $3.2 million tax credit reservation, Community Housing Network will construct an additional 12 lease-to-purchase homes in the neighborhood. Construction of 32 homes in the neighborhood began last June.
“With the new construction, we will have built 44 long-term, lease-to-purchase homes in the Unity Park neighborhood in the past three years,” said Community Housing Network’s Vice President of Development Kirsten Elliott.
The project, which is expected to break ground in October, will include special needs units. Occupancy is expected by the early portion of next summer, and all of the homes will be built on properties that were once vacant, blighted or foreclosed
“We are honored that we are able to continue to bring investment into the city of Pontiac,” Elliott said.
“There are a lot of great activities happening in the neighborhood and in Pontiac, such as the community garden coalition, Little Libraries and the M-1 Concourse going in just down the street on Woodward.”
For more information about these homes please call Community Housing Network at 248.982.0111.
COMMON GROUND provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths. Call their 24-hour Crisis and Resource Hotline at 1.800.231.1127 for free and confidential counseling, information and referrals.
The OAKLAND COUNTY HEALTH DIVISION provides health services for the public, businesses and educational communities. The Health Division’s 30+ programs/services focus on preventing the spread of disease; ensuring a safe and clean environment; promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; preparing for emergencies; surveillance of disease threats; and ensuring accessibility of health services. 1200 N Telegraph, Bldg. 34 East Pontiac, MI 48341 Phone: 248-858-1280
HAVEN is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader that provides programs to promote violence-free homes and communities and helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 24-HR Crisis & Support 248-334-1274 Toll-Free Crisis Line 877-922-1274 TTY Line 248-334-1290