By September 25, 2011Augusta NewsWIRE

(AUGUSTA, GA) New Partners for Smart Growth, the preeminent national organization for safe, healthy, and livable communities in the U.S., has selected the Augusta Housing Department to present details of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort at its annual conference in San Diego, CA Feb. 2-4, 2012. Topic of the presentation: "Restoring the American City: Augusta, GA and Laney Walker/Bethlehem."


(AUGUSTA, GA) Historic Augusta, Inc. and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum are jointly hosting its second annual forum, This Place Matters: Preserving Augusta’s African American Communities, on October 28-29 at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The event features a keynote talk by Dr. Richard K. Dozier (Dean of the Robert Taylor School of Architecture & Building Construction Sciences at Tuskegee University,) and a bus tour of significant African American sites in Laney Walker/Bethlehem.



(AUGUSTA, GA) The City of Augusta and the United House of Prayer are in final discussions that will result in the construction of 12 new single-family rental units and another half dozen onwer-occupied rehabs, to be located along Wrightsboro Road between 12th and 13th Streets, one of the six key priority development areas within the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort.


(AUGUSTA, GA) The Morris Museum of Art is holding its Art at Lunch, Down South, featuring artists Margo Newmark Rosenbaum and Art Rosenbaum discussing their works included in the exhibition Down South. Friday, September 30 at noon. Members, $10; nonmembers, $14. Lunch by Fat Man’s Cafe. Paid reservations due September 28 by calling 706-828-3867.


(AUGUSTA, GA) The Augusta Housing Department and J&B Construction Services have begun construction on six new houses for Heritage Pine, the flagship development for the Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization effort. Three of the houses are pre-sold, three are on the market with attractive financial incentives. www.heritagepineaugusta.com


(AUGUSTA, GA) Augusta’s Land Bank Authority has recently taken ownership of the historic Penny Savings & Loan bank building, located at Laney Walker Boulevard and James Brown. Additional details on the reuse of this property are being developed by the Augusta Housing Department.


(AUGUSTA, GA) The next quarterly community meeting regarding developments in Laney Walker/Bethlehem is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 6 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Details to follow.


(AUGUSTA, GA) The New Bethlehem Community Center is holding its After School Program, with openings for children in grades K5 through 8th. Transportation is provided from Collins Elementary School. For more information, call (706) 722-0086.

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