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Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization project moves to next phase

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On to next phase for the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem revitalization efforts. On Monday, developers met to discuss Holley Street Commons; Phase 2 of the project, already underway.

"I've seen some of the houses," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy. "They've got a few houses up on Holley Street."

In Phase 2, developers are building 20 energy-efficient homes; a small fraction of the project as a whole. the revitalization project is an effort to restore the historic neighborhood. The Housing and Neighborhood Development Department received a grant to build and renovate hundreds of homes in the area; Heritage Pine being the first phase of the project that started last year.

"The Pine Street project won a national award for such a good job that they're doing down there," Commissioner Fennoy said.

After selling another home on Pine Street, the development team crossed their $2 million dollars in sales mark.

"I think that they're doing a phenomenal job," said Pansy Hairston-Fugghett, a resident in Heritage Pine.

The Hariston-Fugghetts moved into their Heritage Pine home just over a year ago; one of the first residents on the block. They say revitalizing the neighborhood reduced the crime in the area.

"It'll be late at night, 10; 11 o'clock at night and its always peaceful and it's always calm," said Tony Hairston-Fugghett. "We love the neighborhood feel, like my wife said, we all know each other. We all know each other by name."

That's the same neighborhood atmosphere developers are looking to bring to Holley Street as construction continues throughout the area.

The next community meeting on the project is Thursday, July 18 6-8 p.m. at Beulah Grove Baptist Church.

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