Augusta joins forces with Housing Authority to build new homes

News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, March 6, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The City of Augusta and the Housing Authority are forming a new partnership. Mayor Copenhaver, commissioners and other officials held a news conference to announce it.

They're working to build more than 100 new homes in downtown Augusta. Abandoned and rundown homes are in the process of being replaced.

"This is a great opportunity, man. This is a great development teaming up with the Augusta Housing Development," said Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson.

The City of Augusta is forming a partnership with the Housing Authority. The city will buy the land, demolish the homes and the Housing Authority will build new ones on the property.

"This first phase will consist of 40 units for senior public housing residents," said Housing Authority Development Director Richard Arfman.

"The message is we are serious about revitalizing our urban core," Johnson said.

The Twiggs Circle site redevelopment will cost $13 million and more than five years to complete.

Richard Fletcher's company is in charge of design.

"If we were to come in and try and reinvent a cottage, that would be a mistake. We want to take the best of history and reinterpret that," Fletcher said.

History is being redefined for the future, one house, one block at a time.


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