SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah took another step in improving an area neighborhood on Wednesday.
City leaders are working to enhance the Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood. This area is getting a spruce-up thanks to the Savannah Shines initiative, which is a fairly new program that focuses on improving the quality of life.
Part of the initiative includes removing blight from the neighborhood. So, Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach led Wednesday's teardown of an old abandoned home on East 55th Street.
"It's a kid's dream and I'm still a kid. It's great. It's what we ran for, to improve these neighborhoods and give people a sense of pride for where they live." Mayor DeLoach said.
Once the lot is leveled, Habitat for Humanity will build a new house for a first time buyer.
"It's a great day in the neighborhood to see something that has been condemned, dilapidated, burned out, being demolished. And we are going to get a new structure there that's going to make another family and homeowner very happy," District 3 Alderman
YouthBuild Savannah will help the organization with the construction. The team is comprised of young men and women who haven't completed high school. They'll receive construction training while working towards their GEDs.
Mayor DeLoach says the city is looking at helping other neighborhoods in the future.
The city launched the Savannah Shines initiative back in August of 2017. The program is a partnership between the city and homeowners, as well as landlords. Together, they'll work to improve aesthetics, public safety, and overall feel.
City employees have been meeting with the people living in the Edgemere-Sackville area to teach them about things like home improvement, home ownership, and zoning and property standards. This program also includes financial incentives for those who work to improve the outside of their homes. Under the initiative, residents can apply for repair work like roofing and exterior painting.
To learn more about the Savannah Shines neighborhood improvement initiative, click here.
YouthBuild Savannah is also looking for more participants. To learn more, click here.