STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Starkville will soon move forward with a revitilazation project with the help of a $365,000 grant.
Residents who live on west Main, Harlem, and Beattie Streets will notice some changes to their neighborhood.
Three homes on each street are scheduled to be completely rebuilt, and residents welcome the improvements.
"This is a nice neighborhood. We have no problems, no troubles, and I think they do need to come and redo something with the houses around here," said Victory Taylor, Starkville resident.
"It's a nice place to live. Once it gets a boost up again, it will be better," agreed Carolyn Vogel, resident.
"I think it will be nice to have new homes built. You know, more to make the neighborhood look a lot better than what it's looking like you know," said James Winder.
Many people were in-line hoping to be selected to have property brought up to a higher standard.
"The ones who have been fortunate enough to be able to get the benefit of this grant are very, very excited. And, we're happy for them. It's going to make a big difference in some of those neighborhoods," stated Starkville's Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill.
There are many guidelines that both the city and homeowners must follow through the Home Reconstruction and Rehabiliation Program.
"The homes that are reconstructed through the program must be in close proximity to one another. That's because one of the objectives to the program is to raise a condition of an entire neighborhood," explained Mayor Parker Wiseman.
The project is designed to improve safety conditions for families, revitalize neighborhoods, and avoid blight.
"I think it will build up the hope for our people that lives in our neighborhood," adds Taylor. "There's a lot of people that live in our neighborhood that's been around here for years."
Construction on the project is expected to start sometime over the summer.