FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A plan to remove blight and improve safety is underway in the City of Florence. City leaders plan to pump $3 million into three Florence communities.
"I've lived here for four years. I'm taking care of my mom who is 90-years-old, and she's been living in this house for 60- ears," Betty Galloway, said.
The house located directly next to her mother's, which was destroyed in a fire about seven months ago.
It's unlivable and still stands, and it isn't the only dilapidated property on Betty's street. There are three dilapidated buildings on the street she grew up on, which weren't there years ago.
"This plan is a catalytic project, so we are looking at key areas to help spur development in the neighborhoods," said Phillip Lookadoo with the City of Florence.
Florence is currently working on a plan to remove dilapidated properties, increase home ownership, and make North, North West and East Florence an attractive place to live.
City leaders said options to help make this plan a reality could include helping renters in those areas of Florence buy their homes, and the plan could also include helping those current homeowners fix up their properties.
"It's all about home ownership, it's about trying to create neighborhoods that folks want to live in," Lookadoo said. "And that includes promoting greater safety in the area."
"You need lights out here to light this place up because people have been breaking into people's houses around here. That light is suppose to come on, but it don't come on," Leo Brown said.
The city partnered with Duke Energy to repair, improve and to install more street lights in the areas of Florence where they are needed most.
Over time, the city hopes that by investing in these areas, it will promote economic growth.
In September, we will learn what steps the city will do first in these areas of Florence.