GREEN ACRES and NELSON HEIGHTS
The Green Acres subdivision was built in the 1970s. This predominately African-American neighborhood is comprised of ranch-style homes, duplexes and triplexes. Many of the homes within this neighborhood are renter-occupied. Several properties are currently in foreclosure.
Newton County’s Habitat for Humanity has made efforts toward spurring neighborhood revitalization by building three homes on Pine Needle Drive. While many of the properties within the neighborhood appear to be structurally sound, the overall condition of the neighborhood is one of increasing blight and disrepair.
While there have been no condemnations in Green Acres, there are several boarded and secured vacant properties within the area. Illegal dumping, junk cars, litter and overgrown vegetation present constant code enforcement issues for the City.
The Nelson Heights neighborhood is bounded by the Green Acres neighborhood to the north, Monticello Street to the East, Highway 142 to the south and Jefferson Avenue to the west. This neighborhood of ranch-style and modular homes that were built in the 1970s and 1980s, sprung up around shotgun and small cottage homes that were built in the 1930s and 1940s.
Three homes have been demolished in the Nelson Heights area within the past five years and one property is currently under condemnation. Asbestos siding, illegal dumping, and overgrown vegetation provide constant challenges to code enforcement. A new subdivision, Jefferson Village, was developed within the southwestern portion of the neighborhood in 2004. Due to the foreclosure crisis, several of the homes within this subdivision have gone into foreclosure and are now REO properties.