A group of citizens banded together to help clean up a property that has been an eyesore in the community for quite some time. The building formally known as the Buie Hospital on Winter Street is on it’s way to receiving a new makeover and the citizens of Marlin are ecstatic that a piece of Marlin history is finally getting the attention it deserves. The new owner, John Keefer who was formerly a resident of Austin, Texas purchased the property and has now began the clean up phase. When some of the Marlin citizens heard of the purchase they immediately volunteered to help Mr. Keefer with the clean up process. Mr. Keefer, along with about 15 Marlin citizens started the clean up process this past Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Clean up began on the exterior of the building and on the balcony removing piles of debris and old mattresses that were stacked on the outside of the building. “The process to restoring this building is going to take some time, we are primarily focused on cleaning up the exterior first. We have some creative things we want to do with the windows; we are looking at doing some advertising on the windows to cover them up so they won’t look so bad,” Mr. Keefer stated. Although the cleanup is still ongoing the progress that has been made thus far is noticeable. Mr. Keefer added, “we were told that no one in Marlin would show up for the clean up, but we have about 15 people who are here volunteering including the Mayor and Council Member Rose Morin, and that’s just amazing to me.” He also noted the help of a few sponsors that contributed to their clean up efforts; Marlin Men’s Civic Association along with Falls Community Hospital and Clinic provided lunches for the volunteers, Ace Hardware (Marlin) provided gloves and supplies, HEB (Marlin) provided water, Lowe’s (Waco) provided trash cans, and the American Legion sent volunteers. Mr. Keefer also noted, “I see pride in Marlin, the citizens took it upon themselves to clean up what has been an eyesore in the community.
I’ve seen the opposite of what I was told about the lack of support from within the community. The Mayor and the city council have really been supportive of the clean up effort.” The Marlin community is on the move towards change. We must realize that community involvement is a must, if we want to see continual progression. It’s projects like these that ignite unity and community pride. Marlin is a great community, with great assets and great people. We are grateful for people like Mr. Keefer who come in and stir up the community in a positive way and rekindle the Marlin pride.