Goler Heights revitalization on target, group says

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Officials trying to revive a Winston-Salem community said they believe they are on the right path.

The Goler Community Development Corporation has put $30 million into downtown since 2003.

That money has gone toward bringing in more than 170 units of housing, including two brand new energy-efficient homes on Chestnut Street. GDC has buyers for those two energy-efficient homes.

Goler CDC is also responsible for the Gallery Lofts, the Community Arts Park and the Patterson Avenue Initiative.

With Biotech Place opening, officials at Goler GDC said they believe they are heading in the right direction.

"We want some of the people that have been here for many years to continue to stay," said Michael Sluggs with Goler GDC. "But we're also inviting other people to come to the area because we think that's what makes a vibrant community: the fact that you have a diversity of ages a diversity of people and a diversity of uses."

The group is still working on developing two more acres next to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

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