Pleasant Hill residents concerned by GDOT progress & school closure

MACON, Georgia (41NBc/WMGT) – The discussion was heated at L.H. Williams Elementary School–a school community members weren’t happy to hear may soon be closing its doors.

Residents got to express those concerns and hear the latest on the Pleasant Hill Mitigation Plan.

“If you could just ride around in Pleasant Hill and just see how it looks,” said resident Minnie Grinell. “Pleasant hill is forgotten about,” she continued.

Murals along the walls of L.H. Williams Elementary were a display of Pleasant Hill’s rich history and just how far it’s fallen.

“Whether it’s benign neglect or it’s intentionally writing people out, the truth of the matter is there are neighborhoods in Bibb County have been left out,” said State Representative Jame Beverly.

Now with L.H Williams Elementary pending closure, residents like Grinell say they want to see the ‘pleasant’ put back in Pleasant Hill.

“This is the only school that is in Pleasant Hill and it’s not fair to bus our children somewhere else because they came in here and tore up all of the houses,” she said.

She and others voiced their concerns to community leaders on Monday night.

“A part of the town hall was to talk about Georgia DOT but the whole crowd was like ‘no, we don’t want to close L.H. Williams’,” Beverly said.

Residents addressed GDOT officials directly on why the vision for their beloved neighborhood seems to still be so far from finished.

“It’s just the process of construction. You’ll see a lot of bridges going up and the bridges are the controlling item to this project right now,” said GDOT Engineer Keenan Ford.

Ford says construction is on schedule. As for the community’s role in the mitigation plan, State Representative James Beverly has a place for residents in the discussion.

“We want people in the community to bid on rehabbing these houses the next thing is we’re going to build 17 more houses,” he said.

The mural is on the wall–and progress toward Pleasant Hill’s former glory is underway.

No representatives from the Bibb county School District were present at Monday night’s meeting but Beverly says he plans to reach out to the superintendent and school board members to discuss the fate of L.H. Williams at the next town hall in December.

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