New homes could be coming to Olde Town, but some say don't bring them

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email


News 12 11pm/ Monday October 7, 2013

Augusta, Ga (WRDW)---- Since 2010 the non profit, CSRA Housing and Family Development Group, has been trying to build 7 single family homes, but some who live in Olde Town don't want it because they say questions have gone unanswered for too long.

"My first question is--who demolished the foundation? We saw them tear the houses down to nothing," asked one homeowner.

Concerns of disrespect for the historic houses and district were not the only questions raised to supporters of the Sibley Street Project.

"Did you evict people, so you could say it was abandoned," asked another concerned homeowner.

Shawn Edwards doesn't work for the non-profit, but is helping the group on the city's behalf. He says the new homes, if built, will help raise property value, improve the neighborhood, and help folks with disabilities, vets included.

"What it will allow for is 7 new homes to be built in an area where they was a lot of blithe and a lot of abandonment. Testing for eligibility started back in 2009," Edwards told News12.

He says the complete project is public record and nothings been hidden from anyone, but some folks at Monday night's meeting weren't buying that.

"i feel there's been some misrepresentation and that it's taking a long time. I feel a project that's been underway for 4 years and no one knows anything about the changes probably should be abandoned at this point," said a woman who was at the meeting.

So, while folks were shaking their heads in disbelief the non profit group says this will be good for everyone.

"We don't want to come in and make your neighborhood any worse than I would want my neighborhood. And I will tell you, I would live right next to this project," said a member of the non profit group.

Another concern is will tenants be kicked out and removed if they cause problems or issues? And the answer is yes, but supporters of project say that is highly unlikely because there is a screening process and these folks have had no issues where they currently live. Mondays concerns and minutes do have to be sent to Washington to get a final approval, but since D.C. Is closed right now it could be weeks before an answer is given.

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