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Cherry Tree Crossing closer to demolition

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 5:44 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:17 AM
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With boarded up windows, deserted streets and abandoned furniture piles, Cherry Tree Crossing is a shadow of its former self.

About 75 percent of tenants have moved out of the public housing complex on 15th Street since the Augusta Housing Authority began vacating Cherry Tree Crossing last fall. On Thursday, the authority’s governing board approved the next step towards demolishing the 75-year-old development, one of the nation’s first government housing projects under the Housing Act of 1937.

The board approved a $91,100 contract with Alternative Construction and Environmental Services who will design a demolition plan for 57 apartment buildings and four other structures. The work includes surveying asbestos and lead paint locations.

Alternative Construction and Environmental Services – the only company to respond to two bid requests – will not perform the demolition. A demolition company will be contracted for the work.

“We tried to get more bids but we were only able to get this one,” said Augusta Housing Authority Executive Director Jake Oglesby.

The selected company also performed demolition design services for Gilbert Manor and Underwood Homes, two former housing projects that were torn down.

When Cherry Tree Crossing’s demolition was approved in August, 355 families resided at the complex. Ninety-two remained Wednesday afternoon, and 20 more were expected to move this week.

“This process moves fast at first then it slows down again,” said Buddy Oldfield, director of resident services. “It might speed up again towards the end.”

Of those residents who have moved, 170 accepted Section 8 vouchers for private housing, 41 moved to other public housing and 52 moved out on their own, were evicted for not paying rent or died, Oldfield said.

An additional 49 have been approved for vouchers and 26 for public housing. The remaining 17 families are trying to qualify for a voucher, waiting on public housing vacancies or facing eviction.

Oldfield said families have moved to almost every other public housing project the authority operates. Families using Section 8 vouchers are not concentrated in one particular area of Augusta, he said.

Cherry Tree Crossing looks like a “ghost town,” Oldfield said. Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies are still patrolling the area, and some people have been found living inside vacant units, Oldfield said.

Walton Communities, a developer based in Marietta, Ga., was selected in October to build a modern, mixed-income apartment complex on the Cherry Tree Crossing site. The developer also built Walton Oaks and the Legacy at Walton Oaks on the former Underwood Homes site on Sand Bar Ferry Road for the housing authority.

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LCC0256
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LCC0256 01/23/14 - 09:06 pm
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and the residents along with MILLONS OF OTHERS..

moving (by law) to a neighborhood near YOU...Next time you get angry about 3rd and 4th generation welfare recipients and ALL THE SOCIAL MALAISE that they have caused DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE THE SECTION 8 LANDLORD in that wrath...he/she is just as guilty in subsidizing this entitlement mindset - maybe MORE because you expect people of means to understand it was economic FREEDOM and NOT GIVErMEnt socialism that CREATED THE WEALTH FOR THEM TO INVEST IN THE FIRST PLACE.....

triscuit
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triscuit 01/23/14 - 09:49 pm
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Alternative Construction and

Alternative Construction and Environmental Services – the only company to respond to two bid requests – ....gee, imagine that. No one wants to jump through the hoops that are the Augusta Procurement Dept.

griff6035
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griff6035 01/23/14 - 09:56 pm
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75 years/1937

There is your answer to what has happened to this Country. Government Welfare.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/23/14 - 10:23 pm
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Moving to a neighborhood near

Moving to a neighborhood near you but thank goodness not near mine. All filled up. I can't imagine what would happen to our street.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/23/14 - 10:26 pm
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JRC, as your street ages, it

JRC, as your street ages, it too will likely become a Section 8 area at some point. Housing follows a very predictable pattern in Southern cities.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/14 - 06:09 am
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Not A Good Idea

We should be doing everything possible to encourage people to get out of public housing instead of providing better apartments and houses.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/24/14 - 06:33 am
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Google crime & section 8

There is a very good reason to worry about section 8 coming soon near you...

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 01/24/14 - 09:30 am
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MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT....LMAO
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this will be nothing more than an updated version of cherry tree xing government housing projects...what working law-abiding citizen in their right mind would ever knowingly live next to welfare moochers, leeches, and parasitic broodmares. this social engeneering experiment is only going to last approx 6 months, then after the break-ins, robberies, drug sales/busts, drive-bys, rapes, and killings start the rent payers/law-abiding citizens will move out and under pressure to fill the units be replaced by more welfare moochers, leeches, and parasitic broodmares and the children, and then in no time you will have cherry tree xing 2.0 same welfare broodmare tenants with the 5 kids each, drug dealing man living with them, leading to a continuation of what was started 75 years ago.....

corgimom
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corgimom 01/24/14 - 09:49 am
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Yeah, the decent people in

Yeah, the decent people in the neighborhood are supposed to "lift them up" and "teach them" how to live in a house.

For most of them, they just bring the housing project with them. You can take them out of the projects, but you can't take the projects out of them.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/24/14 - 10:54 am
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"For most of them, they just
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"For most of them, they just bring the housing project with them. You can take them out of the projects, but you can't take the projects out of them."
corgi, you are correct. We can thank the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders for this mess.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/24/14 - 12:23 pm
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Two houses on my Mom's street

Two houses on my Mom's street were rented to section 8. If I told you the name of the street, any one of you could ride down that street and pick out which two.

matjoe
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matjoe 01/24/14 - 12:38 pm
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$91K for just a PLAN for

$91K for just a PLAN for demolition? 'Lotta red tape, huh?

lgr
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lgr 01/24/14 - 02:12 pm
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section 8

property owners love section 8. the check gets deposited into your account on the first of every month. no hassle trying to collect the rent

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 01/24/14 - 02:22 pm
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The problem with Section 8

The problem with Section 8 ins't totally the tenants...the landlords are looking for a quick and easy check.

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