UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:06am
BRYAN -- A ground-breaking ceremony today in Bryan for a Habitat for Humanity subdivision will not only bring new homes to an area of town that's been declining over the years but will also give more than a dozen families the chance for a new beginning.
When Melanie Benford-Carson was just a little girl she wasn't allowed to play outside like other kids her age.
"I grew up here but I had to move away because of how bad the neighborhood was."
But things are starting to look up for her old neighborhood off East Martin Luther King Street in Bryan thanks to the Habitat for Humanity.
"After visiting with the neighborhood several times we felt something needed to happen around here," said executive director, Marco Maina.
It may just be an empty field now but in a few short months construction will begin on 24 energy efficient homes.
Carson and her family are one of the first to be chosen to receive a house in the new Faith subdivision and she says words can't describe how excited she is to be coming home again after all these years later.
"It felt really great knowing that all of the work in the past has finally paid off and I'm going to get to be a homeowner soon."
And Marco Maina hopes the new development will be a catalyst for change in the area.
"By improving this area we hope things pick up and others will follow."
An impact not only benefiting the 24 Habitat families but an entire community as well.