Some in Cherry Tree are thankful the apartments will be no more

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at six o'clock/ Nov, 21 2013

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----This will be the last Thanksgiving together for some families living in the cherry tree crossing community.

They are gathering for the feast as we speak. Hundreds are still waiting to be moved from the public housing complex.

"It maybe the last Thanksgiving dinner, but it won't be the last time we get together," said Cherry Tree Resident Elline Ivey.

She is one of more than 200 people still waiting to be relocated, since it was announced the Cherry Tree Housing project would be torn down. Ivey's lived there for five years.

"I don't know if it's bitter sweet or not. I'm glad people will be placed in a different home. Maybe it will cut down on the drugs and violence," said Ivey.

Now, we're told theives have been stealing and selling aluminum roofs. There's been two shootings and a stabbing recently since more than 140 people have moved out. We're told around 20 people have been thrown out.

"We all know the rules and regulations about being placed," said Ivey.

Today is all about thanks. The meat was on the grill. The turkey was deep fried . The tables were set. It's all because of Monique Braswell and her volunteers like Commissioner Bill Fennoy along with 250 others.

"It's open to the rich the poor, black, white and orange and the middle class. We want to make sure people are eating," said Community Organizer Monique Braswell.

"We can only give thanks for what we have by sharing it with other people," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

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