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AIKEN --- Aiken City Council members gave initial approval Monday night to a $1.5 million plan to renovate about 150 homes in the north side's Crosland Park neighborhood.

Roger LeDuc: City Manager said the three- to five-year plan to renovate about 150 homes on the north side could start as early as May.  File/Staff
File/Staff
Roger LeDuc: City Manager said the three- to five-year plan to renovate about 150 homes on the north side could start as early as May.

They voted unanimously on a first reading of the proposal; one more reading is required April 13.

"It's a very huge undertaking by the city and numerous nonprofit agencies (primarily churches) in the revitalization and renewal of Crosland Park," City Manager Roger LeDuc said in an e-mail, adding that the renovated homes would either be sold or rented.

Crosland Park was built in the 1950s as housing for employees at Savannah River Site. The neighborhood has had problems with crime in recent years, officials have said.

Gary Yount, the president of the Crosland Neighborhood Association, said he's looking forward to working with the city on the new plan.

"As an association, we're excited about what's going to happen," he said.

Income-eligible buyers could receive up to $20,000 off the sales price of the renovated homes, Mr. LeDuc said.

With respect to rental property, churches that are participating would be asked to keep the cost at a set price, allowing low-income families a shot. He also said not all of the homes being renovated are empty.

"We will need to relocate families to another location if they are still living there when we are ready to renovate," he said.

Mr. LeDuc said at the meeting the process could begin as early as the end of May and that it ultimately would be a three- to five-year plan.

Reach Preston Sparks at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/24/09 - 06:57 am
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Harrisburg anyone? Where is

Harrisburg anyone? Where is the Richmond County Commission on something like this? This is the type of thing we should be spending our SPLOST on, not some stupid pond beside a slum property in the most crime infested part of town. 1.5 million? Chump change for OUR commission, they are spending more on the fish pond a Reegncy than that.

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curly123053 03/24/09 - 09:40 am
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Having seen how the City of

Having seen how the City of Aiken has turned around 2 different areas that were drug infested and crime ridden I am glad they are now concentrating on Crosland Park. I was a little leery when they announced their plan to condemn the old Camellia Trailer Park and build new homes there. There was so much crime and drug problems in that area that I did not see it working. I had been there on several EMS calls related to violence due to drugs. But, I was glad to see that the City's plan worked. The same story with the Toole Hill section of the city. I had been on assault and overdose calls in that slum like neighborhood of crack houses when the City of Aiken condemned that neighborhood and tore down all those shacks. Today that area is a nice quiet neighborhood. I went to a housewarming last week of a relative who bought one of those houses and came away impressed. I told him last week that I would like to see the City of Aiken do the same with Crosland Park. Crosland Park used to be a nice nieghborhood, but the drugs and crime it brings seem to have left Camellia Trailer Park and Toole Hill and settled in there.

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curly123053 03/24/09 - 09:47 am
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Richmond County just needs to

Richmond County just needs to drive 20 miles and talk with the folks at the City of Aiken and learn how they are accomplishing all this. If it is working in Aiken why could it not work in Augusta? Sure there will be naysayers at first, as I was when Aiken started this project. But they have achieved proven success in 2 different neighborhoods already and you would think the leaders of Richmond County government would like want to be talking with the leaders of Aiken City Council on how to have the same results.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 03/24/09 - 11:24 am
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If you really want a decent

If you really want a decent community be sure to screen the low income people. If they have token jobs and get welfare and sectin 8 be very careful. This group of people are a Hornets nest of criminals. They should be required to take drug test. You don't want to throw good money after bad like Augusta does: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/memphis-crime
Support www.hongkongaugustaga.org

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sprintman 03/24/09 - 12:05 pm
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brad owens richmond county

brad owens richmond county has already brought up land in Harrisburg. The kroc center is coming to harrisburg. Look at the new james brown townhomes on JB boulevard. There are new houses on james brown boulevard and laney walker. And more are getting built. Bethelhem area too.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/24/09 - 12:07 pm
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Augusta is spending $750,000

Augusta is spending $750,000 a year on the inner city. Thanks to Betty Beard.

disssman
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disssman 03/24/09 - 12:36 pm
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Man where can I buy some of

Man where can I buy some of these propertys? Sounds like a win-win for somebodys relatives. Augusta needs to do the same and start on my house, i'll even move out temporarilly for them at my expense. Now this is the way welfare money is supposed to be spent, from the top down, of course there probably will not be any at the bottom but its welfare none the less.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 03/24/09 - 04:35 pm
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It is not a less than stllar

It is not a less than stllar house that makes a community bad. It is the people.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 03/24/09 - 04:37 pm
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Durg test for anyone getting

Durg test for anyone getting any tipe of public assistance.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/24/09 - 04:55 pm
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sprintman, [filtered word] does anything

sprintman, [filtered word] does anything you wrote have to do with the plan they have there in Aiken being used to help Harrisburg?? Laney Walker doesn't go through Harrisburg OR James Brown Blvd. The Kroc Center is NOT single family homes..I mean, what's your problem? You seem to always want to disagree with me even if its stupid and wrong like this thread...did hurt your feelings about downtown and the sunshine lollipop you seem to have stuck up your butt about it? I know you did on one about the DDA or something a while ago....anyway, tell me how all this you wrote applies to anything I wrote...

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Ode to Augusta 03/24/09 - 05:17 pm
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"Augusta is spending $750,000

"Augusta is spending $750,000 a year on the inner city. Thanks to Betty Beard.
Posted by sprintman on Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:07 PM" ------ Betty Beard is nothing more than a racist, corrupt small town wannabe politician

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