News 12 First at Five / Thursday, June 27, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A number of abandoned lots in the Olde Town Neighborhood is prompting the neighborhood association to change the lots into green space to make the are a more presentable place.
"People slow down, they want to see what's going on over here," said Rashead Pompey, who lives in the Olde Towne Neighborhood.
It's a change he is finally glad to see.
"It's much better than the real patchy, real rough area before just two, three weeks ago," he said.
Pompey is talking about the empty lot next to his home that's being transformed into Olde Towne's first green space.
"It's just beautiful to look at, it's just nice to look at the beauty that the lord's just made, in something as simple as grass," he said.
Telfair Street is the heart of the neighborhood, home to four empty lots.
"In the most simplest sense, it makes the neighborhood look really really bad," Pompey said.
He says it can have a rippling effect, "Crime is in places where the place looks rundown."
The coordinators for the project worked all day Thursday getting the lot greener.
"You get to see an area come aesthetically beautiful again," said Rick Keuroglian. "Every day we've been working here, neighbors come and they're excited, you know, how can we help, what can we do, who is this for, and it's like it's for all of us."
More than a dozen other empty lots sit waiting to be cleaned up.
"We're just a third party coming together to be a blessing to an area. We live here, but we want to enjoy it," Keuroglian said.
And Pompey knows, you only have one home and one neighborhood.
"We want to take care of it while we've got it here, we want to steward it very very well," he said.