A new housing development gets underway in Valdosta, but it's not your ordinary subdivision. What was once a simple peanut farm will soon be a whole lot more.
Col. Joseph Callahan says, "Today we're celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Magnolia Grove housing project. It's a privatized housing project that'll service Moody Air Force men and their families."
"The plan is absolutely great. It's what we need here. It has walking trails, it has parks for the children. It's kind of a modern way to do things," says Lowndes County Commission Chairman Rod Casey
Magnolia Grove will hold 383 new homes. The community will also feature bike trails, playgrounds and recreation areas.
Kathryn Thompson says, "They're going to be equivalent to anything you'd find in a master plan community outside the installation gates."
Both the builder and Moody's housing department want Magnolia Grove to be a family friendly neighborhood.
"There's an old saying within the military, you never mess with someone's family or their paycheck, and this proves to the airmen that we are doing the best we can to take care of their families," Callahan said. "We really feel like this is an opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of airmen and their families," said Thompson.
That's what it's all about, taking care of the men and women who protect us day in and day out.