Lauren Benedict, running for a second four-year term in Ward 5, Post 1 on Macon City Council, announced Wednesday that she wants a new task force to deal with troubled neighborhoods.
Benedict is running against fellow Democrat Sarah Mincey Hunt in the Tuesday primary. Benedict was recently elected as chairwoman of the city Community Resources and Development Committee, and she served on the committee that drew up the Urban Redevelopment Plan council passed in March.
That plan mentions neighborhoods but focuses on incentives to bring jobs into commercial corridors. Now, Benedict wants to focus on rundown residential blocks and abandoned houses.
She has asked the City Attorney’s Office to draw up legislation creating a Task Force for Urban Redevelopment, Benedict said in a news release.
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It would consist of members from each of the neighborhoods covered by the redevelopment plan, along with representatives of various organizations concerned with housing, she said.
Members would talk to residents of each neighborhood about what they want done in their areas and recommend specific redevelopment methods for each locale, Benedict said.