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Projects improving West Pensacola

PENSACOLA   --  A problem plagued area in Pensacola.
As we first told you last night, Mayor Ashton Hayward is acknowledging that the west-side of the city is neglected and in desperate need of improvements..

"I strongly feel the west side has been ignored."
Mayor Hayward also named several projects to improve the area.
The mayor says the west side of town can use a little sprucing up.
At Legion Field, this community center is being built.
And the city hopes to make other improvements to the west side.
"It can grow, there's a lot of room for growth"
Debra Mazer lives on La Rua Street in Pensacola.
She agrees whole-heartedly with Mayor Hayward's push to revitalize the city's west side.
With a passing glance, one can easily find over growth and abandoned buildings.
The idea is to make areas west of a-street, look more like parts of east Pensacola, and downtown which has a lot of businesses, clean and safe neighborhoods with plenty to do.
Hayward says the west Pensacola has a lot of history, but it's also one of the poorest areas in the city.
Debra believes it's time for her side of town to get some sprucing up and an economic boost.

Debra Mazer - Pensacola
"Maybe entertainment as far as little shops and boutiques and places where people can gather"

With two new community centers are already under construction...
The plan also calls for a more business friendly environment, by adding landscaping and sidewalks.
Fix rundown buildings, add more affordable housing to vacant lots and more streetlights.  

"Our lighting at night isn't that good"
Noma Schropp has lived in her west Pensacola home for 7-years.
She too would like to see more development in her neighborhood.
"We really enjoy going to Palafox Pier, and walking around, and we'd like to see that kind of comfort zone spread out throughout the neighborhoods"
The two community centers, one here at Legion Field, and Woodland Heights are expected to be finished within the next couple months.