Web site details Laney-Walker, Bethlehem revitalization projects

A new Web site detailing revitalization efforts in the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods is intended for an audience wider than the residents affected most directly.

Augusta Housing and Community Development Department Director Chester Wheeler said the Web site was not a response to outcry from residents, many who have said they want to be more informed and involved in the process.

“Of course, we want them to look at it but it’s not intended just for them,” Wheeler said.

The site, www.laneywalkerbethlehem.com, includes a brief background on the historic neighborhoods, the master revitalization plan and key documents.

The Web site should act as a central location for extensive information on the revitalization efforts that begin about three years ago. Other public and private entities involved in redevelopment initiatives have requested more information on the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem projects, Wheeler said.

“A lot of cities across the nation that are in urban distress don’t have the initiatives Augusta has,” he said.

Wheeler encouraged residents to visit the Web site. The site features a frequently asked questions page with inquiries similar to those addressed at public meetings.

“The purpose was to create a Web site that would be very informative and be able to identify the many, many levels of development and projects that are going on within Laney-Walker-Bethlehem,” Wheeler said.

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