Architectural historians plan meeting for Harrisburg project

Architectural historians hired by the city to inventory Harrisburg – part of an effort to secure grants for one of the poorest sections of Augusta – will hold a public meeting Tuesday to explain their goals, hear input and start assembling oral histories.

 

Starting at 4 p.m., an historian from Atlanta-based Jordan, Jones & Goulding consulting firm will be at Bible Deliverance Temple, at the corner of Eve and Fenwick streets, to hear stories from long-time residents. Residents are also asked to bring old photographs of their homes so they can be digitally scanned.

A public meeting to explain the overall project, termed the Historic Resource Survey of the Harrisburg-West End Neighborhood, will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church.

The firm is being paid $11,000 to complete the project, funded by a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, according to Margaret Woodard, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, whose territory includes Harrisburg.

Ms. Woodard said the project will hopefully lead to other grants that can be used to preserve and revitalize the community, which is fraught with poverty, crime and decay.

“It’s a very important tool for the neighborhood,” she said.

The first phase of the project will include about 600 structures in an area bounded by Eve Street on the west, Broad Street on the north, Tuttle Street on the east and an alley north of Walton Way on the south.

When the project is finished, findings will be presented in a second public meeting, according to a Downtown Development Authority news release.

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