JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A tired neighborhood around the corner from the Jackson Medical Mall is getting some long-needed attention.
"I'm looking forward to a restoration of this neighborhood, to the days when it was a thriving, desirable community," said Dr. Aaron Shirley, Medical Mall founder.
Jackson's movers and shakers broke ground Wednesday for 24 new houses in Homestead Heights. The first house will go up at the celebration site, near the corner of Prosperity and Easy Streets.
The three and four-bedroom homes will cost just over $100,000 each. Potential homeowners will be new to the area, and some already live there.
A crowd gathered Wednesday to learn more about the renewal project, which will be paid for largely through federal housing funds. A lot of work goes into the planning stages.
Houses that are abandoned or completely unlivable will be coming down. The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation has had to go through the City of Jackson Code Enforcement's process to acquire them.
"You should see some backhoes up there working now," said Primus Wheeler, the Foundation's Executive Director. "They come out, do the investigation, work with the property owner. When they don't get a resolution, they go through the process of (demolishing) it."
Lula Cavett has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years. She said she will be content to watch the houses go up instead of buying one, but she's excited, just like the day she first moved here.
"Just to make our neighborhood revitalized. Won't be all these vacant lots, split up trees. A beautiful place," said Cavett.
To find out how to apply for one of the new homes, call Amia Edwards at 601-982-8467.
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