COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As thousands flock to Columbus for what USA Today calls one of the best man-made whitewater rafting courses in the world, city leaders want to make a great impression on tourists as they enter the city.
"We want to make it look better to begin with and there are all sorts of opportunities. The land that the city currently owns...getting them back on the tax rolls," said Marquette McKnight of Media Marketing and More. She is working with the stakeholders along with Columbus Historic Foundation to make it a success.
We're told about 12 percent of the people who live in City Village –south of Bibb City-- are homeowners and they will not be displaced.
Keith Turner rents his home and he says with whitewater rafting, he saw the shift coming.
Turner said he also cuts his neighbor's grass free of charge just to keep the area looking neat.
The cost is about $250,000and is slated to come from Redevelopment Community Block Grants. The turnaround should take only eight months. It's unclear when the project will start.