Lowe's awards Habitat for Humanity grant for Southwood

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is redeveloping the Southwood community in Albemarle County.

Lowe's announced Tuesday that it is awarding $100,000 to help with the neighborhood's revitalization.

However, the grant is not all that Lowe's is giving.

Volunteers from the Charlottesville store came out to Southwood on Tuesday to clear trails in the neighborhood.

The trails were built in April and are a part of the first phase of the revitalization.

Volunteers raked leaves and cut branches so residents can have access to more than half a mile of walking trails.

Alan Levine, who works at the Charlottesville Lowe's, said community is important to the company.

"A basic thing with Lowe's is, 'love where you live,' so we always want to have the opportunity to help out in the community, be a part of the community, make sure everybody is safe," Levine said.

Habitat for Humanity said a group of resident leaders came up with the idea to create the trails.

They hope that one day, the trail system will connect to Biscuit Run Park.

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