Sand Hills deserves better

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We write this letter to express our great concern for the overall condition of the Sand Hills community, a very deserving and historic community. Having lived in the Sand Hills community for decades, we know firsthand how long this area has been overlooked and underserved as it relates to boarded and abandoned houses and properties; lack of maintenance of properties; overgrown trees; streets that need repaving; potholes in streets; insufficient street lights; cleaning of street drains; sweeping of streets; etc.

The bottom line is that the Sand Hills community has been neglected far too long! The residents of the Sand Hills community deserve more.

We call upon the city to focus its attention on Weed Street as an example. It is one of the oldest paved streets in Sand Hills. We think Weed Street has never been repaved or resurfaced in more than 60 years, or ever. That’s hard to imagine. As you ride down Weed Street, one can see hazardous breaks in the cement, potholes, missing pavement, broken curves, etc.

Additionally, the boarded and abandoned houses are eyesores and health hazards for all residents in the area. A vacant, boarded-up pink barn/storage building on Weed Street is a serious hazard. It is a breeding ground for snakes, rats and other strays. It serves no purpose and needs to be razed immediately.

Sand Hills Neighborhood Association President, Jay Armstrong has been working enthusiastically over the past several years trying to get the city to notice and move forward in restoring this community. Open dialogue and action need to take place immediately to improve the living conditions of the taxpaying citizens of this community.

We urge the city to move forward with plans to restore this community to one where there is great pride.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/02/12 - 08:44 am
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Meetings

Go to the commish meetings....make some noise.

rebellious
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rebellious 10/02/12 - 03:31 pm
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Baker Street

I rode down Baker Street by Richmond Academy the other day. Man what a roller coaster road with all the dips and manholes raised. Where does all the money go? Oh Yeah, Elevated Crosswalks and the Parking Deck.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 10/02/12 - 04:29 pm
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Agree with both comments....

...first the neighborhood association should take the lead. It is my understanding that there are many older folks who live in Sand Hills that care about the area....maybe they could mobilize some of the younger residents to step up and help...And attending Commission meetings and staying in touch with your commissioner to remind him and the rest of the commission that TEE Centers and similar boondoggles... come at the expense of our neighborhoods...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/02/12 - 06:20 pm
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Ask Lori Davis how all of

Ask Lori Davis how all of that good advice is working for Harrisburg. You should have supported her for Mayor when you had a chance.
Women get things done, while it appears, men don't.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 10/02/12 - 08:57 pm
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From what I know.....

....about Lori, I'm sure she would agree with you Willow...

Wasn't there a huge "Urban Redevelopment Plan" for Sand Hills that was done a few years ago? Where is THAT going.......

Sorry, The Augusta Convention Center and Augusta Riverfront LLC needs a new crosswalk.......

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