It has long been viewed as the crowning touch for Heritage Pine, the flagship development for Laney Walker/ Bethlehem: A public park tucked in halfway down Pine Street that would serve as a gathering place for neighbors and visitors alike.

But for a while, the park had to bide its time while everything around it matured: the construction and purchase of 20-plus Energy Star homes, the completion of a service lane that curves along the back of these homes, the planting of trees and native plantings, and other infrastructural improvements such as sidewalks and lighting. With most of Pine Street now finished out, the Laney Walker/Bethlehem development team is ready to put a finishing touch to its award-winning project, with a dedication ceremony set for Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m.

In recent years, the park site has evolved into a place-making destination. It has been the central point of LWB’s annual Blocks Are Beautiful celebration, an event where residents, neighbors, and the general community gather to share a meal, chat with one another, and listen to live music. But improvements to the park itself have come recently. Benches, named for civic leaders who helped make the LWB project a reality, have been installed. Attractive, native landscaping has taken hold, providing an inviting, shady place to gather and serving as a model for the sustainable, low-impact-development focus of LWB.

The entire Augusta community is invited to join in the dedication ceremony, which will be presided over by Mayor Deke Copenhaver on Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. The Pine Street pocket park is located on Pine Street between Laney Walker Boulevard and Florence Street.

Coming Soon! Blocks Are Beautiful July 15, 2013

Plans are underway for another great Blocks Are Beautiful celebration. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept 14.  Details coming soon. Contact Edkesha Anderson at 706-821-1797 if you’d like to volunteer or have ideas to share. https://www.facebook.com/BlocksAreBeautiful


Thursday, July 18 / Laney Walker/Bethlehem Community Meeting July 15, 2013

Please join us for the next Laney Walker/Bethlehem community meeting, which will feature updates on redevelopment efforts along Laney Walker Blvd, Twiggs Street/James Brown Blvd., and Holley Street.  Thursday, July 18th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar Street, Augusta.  For more information, please contact Edkesha Anderson at 706.821.1797.

Tuesday, July 30 / Heritage Pine Park Dedication July 15, 2013

Please join us for the dedication of the Heritage Pine Park on Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m., Pine Street between Laney Walker Boulevard and Florence Street.  Keynote addresses by Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Administrator Fred Russell.

Pine Street Pocket Park

Photo courtesy of Linda McFarland

Calling All Photographers! July 15, 2013

The Augusta Photography Festival, Inc. presents “Reframing the Subject: Photographing Transformation in Laney Walker/Bethlehem” September 27-29, 2013. This weekend-long workshop features classes and photo field trips focused on Augusta’s historic Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods.

Registration and more information at www.augustaphotofestival.org.

Holley Street Commons, Phase II Moves Forward July 15, 2013

The Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Initiative, in partnership with Antioch Ministries, Inc., is moving forward with Phase II of its development of Holley Street Commons. J&B Construction Services has been selected to proceed with construction of a cul-de-sac in this priority development area, which will include an additional five single family homes.  http://www.laneywalkerbethlehem.com/neighborhood-developments/holly-street/

Heritage Pine Sales Top $2 Million July 15, 2013

Homes at Heritage Pine

With the sale of 1241 Pine Street, the Laney Walker/Bethlehem development team has crossed the $2 million sales threshold for Heritage Pine, the flagship development project for the Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization.  www.heritagepineaugusta.com

Laney Walker/Bethlehem Bids a Sad Farewell to Longtime Resident Miss Adele Randall July 15, 2013

Miss Adele Randall, who made Pine Street her home for over 50 years, passed Monday, July 1, 2013 at her residence at 1222 Pine Street. “In addition to being a remarkable individual,” noted Housing Director Chester Wheeler, “Miss Randall provided our project with credibility, testament to the fact that we would not displace anyone who wanted to continue to be a part of this historic community. She will be missed by all of us.”

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