Laney Walker/Bethlehem Annual Meeting, Wednesday, January 18,
  Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center, 6:00-8:00 PM. The event
  will feature the premiere of a new film on the revitalization project,
  preview of 2012 redevelopment activities, special awards and
  appearances by the Mayor Copenhaver and Augusta Administrator Fred
  Russell. Light refreshments by one of Augusta’s top local chefs. For
  more information, contact Hawthorne Welcher, Jr. at 912-821-1797 or .

  Augusta’s Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Effort has been
  chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as one of just
  seven projects in the nation to receive design and implementation
  assistance to enhance sustainability aspects of the development. The
  program provides professional expertise from The Center for
  Communities by Design to assist Laney Walker/Bethlehem with designing
  and implementing sustainable features into the development. .

  Fox54 radio (WFXG) reported on Wednesday, Jan. 4,that residents of
  Laney Walker & Bethlehem are on board supporting a special zoning
  overlay for a portion of the revitalization effort. The full ARC
  Commission will vote on the issue January 17.

  The Augusta Mayor’s office has good news about Augusta Sales Tax
  revenue, which has built the new downtown library, judicial center and
  upcoming Trade, Exhibit and Event Center, all part of the Urban Master
  Plan. November Sales Tax collections were 2.43% ahead of last
  year’s collections and Augusta is now ahead of the 2011 budgeted
  revenues by 2.11% – all in a depressed economy.

  The Augusta Richmond County Public Library is hosting a reading and
  book signing by local author Barbara Seaborn, who has recently
  published "As Long as the River Runs. Saturday, January 14th at 2:00

  The Augusta Housing & Community Development Department has launched a
  new website for the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort. The
  website is a one-stop shop for information on the project’s
  background, history, partners, priority redevelopment areas,
  financing, and community programs. Also featured are videos and photos
  galleries of community meetings, construction-in-progress, events and
  day-to-day neighborhood life. Please visit .

  30901 Development Corporation, the non-profit arm of Beulah Grove
  Baptist Church, is providing a free income tax preparation service,
  beginning Tuesday January 17th. Call (706) 722-4999 for an appointment
  or further information. 

  The Augusta Housing Department has passed the halfway mark of its
  total build-out along Pine Street, the primary street comprising the
  City’s flagship, award-winning development Heritage Pine
  ( Recent photos of construction activity
  can be found in the Spotted section of the Augusta
  Chronicle. .

  The Morris Museum of Art’s Friday Art-at-Lunch series is featuring
  Terry and Steve Ferrell of Old Edgefield Pottery and the Ferrell
  Museum, discussing the work of Dave Drake, the famous artist, poet,
  and slave, and the unique ceramic techniques originating in the
  Edgefield, South Carolina area. Friday, January 13 at noon.

  The Board of the Augusta Housing Authority has approved development of
  a mixed-income affordable housing project in the Twiggs Circle
  priority area of Laney Walker/Bethlehem. Once construction begins, the
  activity will mark new development in the fifth of six priority
  development areas.

  The Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Effort has been selected as
  a showcase example of urban planning and implementation at two
  upcoming national conferences: New Partners for Smart Growth
  Conference, February 2-4 in San Diego, and the American Planning
  Association’s National Planning Conference, April 14-17 in Los


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