Slum area could pour into surrounding Augusta neighborhoods

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Sunday, September 22, 2013


Augusta, G.a. (WRDW) - "It's like they tried to sneak it by us and none of us like that," says Barry Nix, who's the president of the Oldetown Neighborhood Association.

Some call it a sly plan to designate 596 acres of downtown Augusta, a slum.

Although he doesn't live in that area, Nix is pretty close.

"It's the first one that's suddenly is not a slum, wow, how wonderful," he said.

But a condition of the proposal by Augusta Commissioners says the vote could affect more than just this area.

"They've said this covers 596 acres, only there's one little sentence in this that says, oh by the way, we can extend five miles beyond that limit," Nix told News 12's Patrick Price.

Five miles means an entire neighborhood in the slums. Five miles north, south, east, and west.

"They're doing something on the commission that's going to affect the neighborhood as well as its people," said Nix.

It's a battle he's meeting headfirst. He was elected president of the neighborhood association just two months ago.

Now, he's working to keep his streets clean of what could be coming his way.

"It needs more public input, it needs more talk to the commissioners, from the commissioners, and from everybody involved," he said.

And he has a message for commissioners who hold on to this proposal.

"You will come back up for office again soon, and we will remember this," said Nix.