A church, a self-storage facility and an office park all have been recognized for their landscaping by Northland Community Council's Beautification Awards.

A church, a self-storage facility and an office park all have been recognized for their landscaping by Northland Community Council's Beautification Awards.

The NCC acknowledges businesses and nonprofit groups each summer for their efforts to keep the area's business corridors looking clean and manicured. Winners are honored at the NCC's annual banquet in February.

This year's winner in the large commercial category was Corporate Exchange Office Park, located off Cleveland Avenue. Uncle Bob's Self Storage, 5810 Cleveland Ave., was recognized in the small commercial category, and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 6077 Sharon Woods Blvd., was given the award in the nonprofit category.

It was the first time St. Elizabeth won an award from the NCC and the second time around for Uncle Bob's and Corporate Exchange.

NCC beautification committee chairman Steve Thompson said the council has given out the awards for more than 30 years as a way of recognizing businesses that put time and effort into keeping the community's image clean and blossoming.

"It's always important to recognize excellence," Thompson said. "We really appreciate the effort they put into their landscaping."

He said a well-landscaped business corridor goes a long way toward attracting people to the area.

Landscaping awards subcommittee chairwoman Cal McCall drove through the Northland area with a group of volunteers looking at the landscaping of nominated businesses earlier this summer.

"We had the opportunity to drive 70 miles around Northland looking at the beautiful landscaping," McCall said. "There area lot of businesses putting a lot of effort into their landscaping."

McCall said Corporate Exchange was chosen because its neatly landscaped property sets an example for other businesses in the community.

"They are a good example of what a large commercial business can do," she said.

Uncle Bob's, adjacent to Columbus Square, had neat landscaping that was perfectly maintained, she said.

McCall said St. Elizabeth's was recognized this year because, year after year, the church improves its landscaping with more and more garden features.

"They are consistent with the care of their property," McCall said. "They have improved their landscaping each year."

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