City Makes Valdosta Grandmother's Wish Come True

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Seventy-three-year-old Delbra Battles is preparing for her home to be torn down and then rebuilt at no cost to her.

It's part of Valdosta's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to eliminate substandard housing by 2010 in five revitalization areas.

Battles has reared eleven children here.

She says watching her home come down is bittersweet.

"[I'm] sad and happy that I"m gonna have a new house," said Battles. "But sad that my house is gonna come down because there's so many memories there."

Battles new home costs the city about $90,000 and will be ready in six to eight months.

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