New loan approved for Laney Walker/Bethlehem construction

LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A multi-million dollar loan has been approved to help continue the construction in the Laney Walker and Bethlehem districts.

The $2.5 million helps with the revitalization of neighborhoods like Heritage Park of Laney Walker Blvd., an area that Margaret Armstrong has lived in for 23 years.

Armstrong hopes the construction will help get rid of the crime ridden image that has plagued the neighborhood.

"The best way to get rid of it is to eliminate the cause. And the cause is to...eliminate these dilapidated houses and build houses that people...a community would love to live in," she says.

But Armstrong says she doesn't feel threatened, despite the crime that has hit the community.

"I'm able to sit on my porch and I have friends and church members who love to come down here in the evening just to sit on my porch," Armstrong says with a smile. 

The reconstruction project started in 2010 and has helped purchase 274 lots and demolish just 101 damaged properties.  Twenty two of the already constructed 24 homes have already been sold, and Armstrong is excited about her new neighbors.

"This is a part of the inner city. This is a part of the river. And we're going to develop this community and I don't care who comes. I don't care what color comes. We're going to live here as once we used to live together," Armstrong says.

There are six houses under construction and 24 new rental units are also being constructed as part of the project.

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