Orange Mound Task Force holds first meeting in effort to save the neighborhood

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – The first meeting has been held to figure out how to save a historic African American community.

21 people from the local community met Wednesday for the first time as the Orange Mound Task Force.

About a month ago, Shelby County Assessor Melvin Burgess said that property values in that neighborhood have fallen as much as 30% in the last 10 years.

The group wants to create a plan to completely restore the historic areas.

“As the assessor, one piece that I like to look at is that how do I get these houses back on the roll so that we can get the property taxes on these homes and these empty properties,” said Burgess.

One of the goals is to cultivate economic growth and development without displacing people.

Burgess also wants to offer first-time home ownership opportunities for millennials.

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