News 12 First at Five, January 18, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Two families have new homes this afternoon as part of Augusta's movement to rebuild parts of town. The homes are located on Holley Street.
The families moving in these homes are first time homeowners. It's an effort to rebuild historic inner-city Augusta and today is the start. Two families move into two new homes, the first two homes of up to 20.
A simple cut with a big pair of scissors, marking some big plans for Augusta. 15 to 20 homes in all, rebuilding Holley Street. Two homes, just the beginning. The yellow house on the street is Beverly Tate's new home.
When she walked in for the first time, she says she started to cry.
"I thank God, it's mine! It's mine!" she exclaims.
A new home, all for her and her 2 kids.
"And it's a brand new start for me and my kids. Something we can grow together in," says Beverly.
Green grass, white picket fences, wood floors and modern kitchens -- all part of what developers say is giving people a modern home at an affordable rate.
"Wow, this is great," says new homeowner LaTrice Houck. "This is something me and my husband always dreamed of and now, we finally got it!"
They got it and their 2 young kids got it too.
"I feel a little famous, a little bit because this is our house," says LaTrice.
And they're excited to be part of something great.
"This is something they really need to do. You know, take charge of the community and maybe the community will be better than it used to be," says LaTrice.
And here's the plan: Antioch Ministries -- the developer -- plans to build some of those other homes between R.A. Dent and Wrightsboro Road.
Viola Elam is a Holley Street regular. She's gone through the area for the last 40 years.
"And, it's beginning to look a lot like home! Beautiful!"
Those homes cost between $100,000 and $150,000.