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Low-income Jackson neighborhood to get facelift

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The North Midtown neighborhood of Jackson is in the middle of transition Thursday, from urban decay to an urban oasis.

The latest affordable housing project is completely unique and will make available some of the most attractive HUD houses ever planned.

Dirt was moving from a groundbreaking ceremony at one Midtown corner to dozens at another.

The mission is to remove urban blight like boarded up homes, deteriorating havens for unwelcomed guests, and replace them with better structures.

16 new homes, each one a 1600-square-foot sustainable, economical duplex with a yards.

The project will be the first solar-powered housing development in Mississippi, across the street from a park that was once an asphalt jungle.

JHA has a new way of thinking for HUD homes.

"Housing of years ago, old tenement housing, high-rise housing.  There are a number of problems with that, not only social problems but maintenance issues that come with that.  We want to integrate everyone within the community not isolate,"  said Jackson Housing Authority Executive Director Sheila Jackson.

those who live in this north midtown neighborhood welcome the changing landscape.

"It's wonderful.  I think families have an opportunity to come out in yards, back yards, front yards, and not be so cramped, said North Midtown resident Tonja Murphy.

The 3.4-million dollar project by the JHA will not only create new homes, but it will also provide 100 new construction jobs for low-income persons.

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