That new look is because the Etowah Area Consolidated Housing Authority has begun a series of renovations to the homes in their care. "For now we are only doing the outside of the units," Executive Director Philya Gray said. "Plans are to continue the façade work on our units in the Summer Hill area in the new future. We are also putting a small parking lot on Stokley Street.
"We are in desperate need of parking," Gray continued. "When public housing was being built in the early 1950s most residents didn't have vehicles. That has changed."
A parking lot between units on Postelle and Puckett streets has recently been added to the area, using stimulus dollars, and the Housing Authority has closed on the purchase of the property at 219 Stonewall St. to create another parking area.
With the construction of the lots, a modification to the parking ordinance has been submitted to the Cartersville City Council. The change will prohibit parking on Postelle Street, not only for safety concerns, but also to allow an unobstructed view of the new façades and improve the general aesthetics of the area. The council is scheduled to vote on the issue during their next meeting.
Along with the exterior changes made to the housing developments, the Stonewall Community Center also received an interior make-over.
In the Summer Hill Complex, construction has not been limited to homes. The Matthew Hill Community Center is a recent addition to the area, accompanying a Boy Scout Hut behind the educational facility. "We have also built bleachers, installed lights, constructed a concession stand (complete with bathrooms) to make the baseball field fully functional," Gray said. "We installed a new fence around the tennis courts and paved a walking trail around that area."
Gray continued to say that plans are in the works to construct a new community center for Adairsville residents. "We have only 60 units up there, but the building that was once the Adairsville Housing Authority Community Center is now being used for our After School Tutorial Program," Gray explained, describing the need for the center. "This doesn't leave any place for the residents to hold parties. Work on that facility should begin very soon."
For more information, contact the Etowah Housing Authority at 770-382-1414.