Eddie Deloach, the Mayor of Savannah, will take the first swipe on Wednesday at cleaning up the Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood in Savannah.
The demolition of a home on East 55th street is part of the “Savannah Shines” initiative, which is a revitalization program to brighten the city one neighborhood at a time.
The city chose the Edgemere-Sackville community after ranking neighborhoods according to crime, property maintenance violations and delinquent tax rates. The program cracks down on property owners who violate codes and works with neighbors to find them affordable housing assistance.
The goal of the program is to improve quality of life for residents by reducing blight. This includes: broken or trashed homes, overgrown yards and trees, dirty gutters and sidewalks and abandoned houses. City leaders hope by making improvements, residents will once again take pride in their neighborhood.
“Our citizens should not be scared that illegal activities are going on in a boarded up property next door to them. We must fix this issue for our residents. Working with the private sector, we will make ‘Savannah Shines’ a success,” said Mayor Deloach.
The program kicked off with a ground-breaking of a new playground in August. The first part of the program is expected to last between 18 and 24 months.