By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 6, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Residents in the Fletcherville historic district say they're ready to see change.
After nearly 40 years of living off Dixon Street, Jimmy Smith says he's ready to see resurfacing and added sidewalks.
"There's no sidewalks. It would be great for the kids going back and forth to school, as well as the general public, for walking because I like to walk around the block sometimes," says Smith.
Crosswalks to the school across the street are completely faded. Residents like Smith can make a list of other spots and holes needing to be fixed.
"I hope it will be in that project. I hope they take care of that bad spot up there," says Smith.
The project will cost more than $2 million, and hopefully in Smith's case, worth the long wait.
Starting around July, the City of Thomasville will be repairing the roads and sidewalks, along with making several improvements to the sewer, water main and drainage.
"I think what it shows is the City's commitment to improving the lives of all of our citizens," says Lauren Radford, with the City of Thomasville.
A Special Local Option Sales Tax is funding $1.5 million of the project. Another $750,000 of the project is being funded by a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City.
The City says it's now applying for the grant again to continue the big plans. This second grant would go towards much-needed house improvements in the Fletcherville area.
"We're not only enhancing the lifestyle in that community, but we're also improving property value as well," says Radford.
"It would be a great impact on the neighborhood and residents in the area," says Smith. "Even the people just traveling through, they'll see a beautification of the neighborhood."
The City of Thomasville says it hopes to have the project finished by the end of the year.