Wednesday, January 30, 2013
MEMBER JOYCE SHEPERD CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF THE BETMAR VILLAGE SENIOR
DEVELOPMENT REPLACES THE DEMOLISHED LAKEWOOD COURTS COMPLEX
Residents of the Betmar LaVilla community can celebrate progress on the latest
neighborhood development as Atlanta City Council Member Joyce Sheperd is set to
attend the groundbreaking of Betmar Village. Sheperd along with representatives
from National Church Residences and community residents will gather to mark the
beginning of construction on the 48-unit affordable senior community.
groundbreaking will take place Wednesday, January 9 at 2 p.m.
at 345 Ashwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30315, the site is the location of the old
Lakewood Courts Apartment complex, which was often the site of crime and other
public safety issues for several years.
Betmar LaVilla community voted to purchase the property using the Empower Zone
funds years ago,” said Sheperd at the time of the Lakewood Courts demolition
last spring. “This demolition and redevelopment is the literal realization of
the dreams and visions of the community – it’s time for a new beginning.”
the Atlanta Fire Department used the vacant property to conduct some realistic
training for Fire Recruits just before the demolition.
Renewal Community is the successor to Atlanta’s $100 million Empowerment Zone,
a federal program conceived during the Clinton administration to help pump life
into ailing inner-city neighborhoods. Atlanta’s Empowerment Zone covered 30
neighborhoods, including Vine City, Cabbagetown, Summerhill, the Pryor Road
corridor, and the Old Fourth Ward, neighborhoods that for years had battled some
of the city’s worst crime while fighting high unemployment rates and alarming
school dropout and poverty rates. Developments like these help turn
Betmar Village Development is designed to serve low income seniors (62+ years).
It shall include all new construction and amenities such as gated entry access,
washer and dryer connections, dishwashers, energy efficient appliances, and a
business center with Wi-Fi internet access. Moreover the community will
have an activities director, an outdoor gazebo and picnic area, and a community
room to foster interaction among the residents.