Seeing it Through: The Louise Circle Redevelopment Project

Seeing it Through: The Louise Circle Redevelopment Project

Last week, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle held a Flag Day and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the community park on Louise Circle, located within the Hollywood Heights neighborhood off of Skibo Road. Lowe’s Home Improvement, Cumberland County North Carolina Government, the City of Fayetteville North Carolina Government and Action Pathways participated in the ceremony to commemorate repairs recently completed on homes damaged by flood waters caused by Hurricane Matthew. An incredible community development project undertaken by Rebuilding Together, seven deserving homes were chosen on Louise Circle to receive the much- needed repairs by the national nonprofit along with the community playground. Action Pathways was instrumental in helping Rebuilding Together, along with the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) in determining which area of Fayetteville these particular resources would be devoted.

jus dan (1).jpgDan Sargent, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, noted his appreciation for the direction Action Pathways’ Executive Director, Cynthia Wilson, provided in helping determine Rebuilding Together’s next project.

“Mrs. Wilson showed us about three different locations. Together, with her help, we decided Louise Circle would be the best location because it is sort of a hidden area - forgotten by those other than its residents.”

Additionally, Wilson felt Louise Circle was a prime location  thanks to the number of families with roots firmly planted there. “Louise Circle is not comprised of 30-something-year-olds living here. This is a community of people of who have been living here for decades.”

David Johnson, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne has been displaced from his home on Louise Circle ever since Hurricane Matthew. His daughter Linda Johnson, explained, “These people don’t want another mortgage….This has been my home since I was a little girl, I grew up here.”

Linda was one of the neighborhood volunteers to join Lowe’s Home Improvement Heroes and the Rebuilding Together teams to help repair the flood-damaged homes, including that of her father’s house.

“They built French drains to help re-route the rainwater from flooding the house. I’m so excited. Now, I can’t wait for the rain to see how it works!” Linda Johnson exclaimed.

David Johnson watched anxiously as he saw the Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Home Improvement Heroes crews finish his home and prepare for the ceremony at the Park last Wednesday, June 14.  He noted his excitement at being able to re-establish his home as the place for his family to gather together for meaningful celebrations, holidays and family affairs. He said, “It’s been a long time coming. There were so many hurdles, but I’m glad it’s getting done.”

Councilman Larry Wright recollected just how much effort went into getting the Louise Circle re-development project underway.

“There needed to be a high level of coordination, so I made lots of calls and held lots of meetings, including meetings with the neighborhood residents themselves. But, it was all worth it to see this project come together!” Councilman Wright exclaimed.DSC_0423.JPG

Although much has been accomplished, there is more work to be done. So far three of the seven houses designated for repairs have been completed, and Rebuilding Together of the Triangle will be coming back next month to work on the remaining.

“Thanks to Spectrum, we will be able come back and continue what we started this week,” Sargent explained.“However we are still searching for other funding sources to continue this development. We will work hard to acquire the resources we need to finish all the necessary repairs for these people and their homes.”

If you want to find out more information about how you can help, contact Dan Sargent, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle at: [email protected].

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