"People have started showing pride and that’s a good thing," says Theresa Hugley, the President of the Kings Park Neighborhood Association. "A lot of the debris that’s been in the empty lots, some of the homeowners have come out and cleaned it up. That was really an eyesore for the community."
Macon-Bibb’s Code Enforcement and Waste Management are regulars in the area.
"On a daily basis and of course, I can call them anytime that I need them," adds Hugley.
Worn down houses are still a concern for neighbors. Commissioner Elaine Lucas explains, there are different lists to classify the damaged homes. The ones on the first list are high priority.
"There are at least ten on that first list, but we’ll probably start with the first five," comments Lucas.
It’s almost time for the county’s 5×5 Program to move into another area, but that doesn’t mean the work in Kings Park is done.
"Helping to organize the neighborhoods so that they will be able to maintain the improvements that we’re helping to put in place," continues Lucas.
Neighbors are ready to take on that responsibility.
"All of our homeowners are on board," adds Hugley.
Commissioner Lucas plans to use some of her blight money for the rest of the abandoned houses in Kings Park. The 5×5 Neighborhood Improvement Project will head to District 4 next. County officials haven’t chosen the neighborhood yet.