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KMOV: Volunteers work to clean up Wellston's LuLu Heights neighborhood

Volunteers work to clean up Wellston's LuLu Heights neighborhood

WELLSTON, Mo. ( -- A group of volunteers spent the day cleaning up the LuLu Heights neighborhood in Wellston, a site infamous for illegal dumping.

The effort is being spearheaded by the St. Louis County Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority. The county owns about 50 parcels of land within the neighborhood, but Rodney Crim, CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, said they're working to clean up the entire neighborhood.

"It's a very big day, a day I've been waiting for and other people have been waiting for," said Bob Pierce, who lives in LuLu Heights.

Pierce walked News 4 around the neighborhood in mid-April, when roadways were blocked by trash piles and debris was piled up in vacant lots and on the side of the road.

"I'm very happy, excited like you wouldn't believe," he said. "Everyone should want to get involved."

By 9 a.m., crews in the neighborhood said more than 20 tons of trash had been removed, with the effort continuing on Wednesday and Thursday.

"I went to UMSL not far from here and I never knew this was actually right here," said Austin Aschinger, who drove from Robertsville to help clean up. "It's amazing how something like this can be right in your own neighborhood and you don't even know it."

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