MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The city hopes the demolition of a south Memphis dairy plant will help revitalize the neighborhood.
The old dairy plant on South Bellevue was torn down and a defunct laundromat will be renovated as new community centers for the South Memphis - Soulsville community.
The renovation is part of the city's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The goal is to remove abandoned buildings and blight and create new resources for the area.
"This becomes the Gateway to Soulsville," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton stated. "If you really want to make anything prosper, have a good gateway. And this is what this will give us the opportunity to do."
The program is paid for by grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Neighborhoods are chosen based on high foreclosure rates, high cost mortgages, and the number of blighted properties.