Green Acres is product of 1950s

  • Posted: 10/30/2012 8:20 PM
    6/1/2013 6:28 PM
Green Acres is product of 1950s

Green Acres predates the Savannah River Site, having received approval for the first phase in 1949. Of course, when the influx of workers and their families came in the early 1950s, the subdivision was a prime spot for folks just moving in.The area along Old Edgefield Road encompasses 73.3 acres with 238 lots - 202 single-family detached houses, 28 duplexes, one commercial property and seven vacant lots.

The totality of Green Acres was developed by Green Acres Homes Inc. The homes are foundation slab construction with brick and wood siding, stone and fiber cementitious siding.

The subdivision is old enough that there are few amenities - no greenspace, no walking trails, etc.; however, the subdivision backs up to a segment of Summerfield Park, which also borders Old Edgefield Road. And sidewalk connections have been added in recent year to make the subdivision more walkable. For example, sidewalks have been placed in Metz Drive and along Old Edgefield Road leading to Summerfield Park. And with the development of the Walmart Shopping Centre in recent years, a neighborhood sidewalk connects Green Acres to the shopping area.

The subdivision includes the streets Frances, Skyview, James, Yardley, Royallette, Laurens, Short, as well as Met Drive, which is actually across Martintown Road from the other boundaries of Green Acres.

The subdivision is somewhat unusual in that the boundaries include some commercial property, particularly the area currently occupied by Greg's Gas Plus on the corner of Martintown and Atomic.

Metz Drive was built as an addendum to Green Acres. Many of the homes on Metz Drive were built as the Savannah River Plant grew and brought in more workers in the 1950s. The homes on the one-block street had slowly gone downhill until a developer purchased several lots and began replacing dilapidated homes and empty lots with new, more attractive duplexes. Several of the duplexes had been completed, and some were in the middle of construction when the developers, Blanca Miranda de Diaz and Hugo Diaz were indicted by a U.S. District Court for harboring immigrants "for the purpose of commercial advantage and financial gain." The Diazes eventually entered a guilty plea and were sentenced, with a recommendation of deportation. As a result, the homes that had not been completed fell into a state of limbo - which will continue until the federal government determines what to do with the property. Like Seven Gables several years earlier, the property was seized by the government when the Diazes were indicted. The builder on the project, Brad Hodge, has been forced to take a wait-and-see approach to the duplexes that have not been completed. There were to be 10 new duplexes on Metz; however, only five were completed - and two more nearly completed - when the government took possession of the Diazes' assets. (In the case of Seven Gables, it took nearly two years before the federal government sold the property at an auction.)

The range in price of the homes in Green Acres varies. The duplexes on Metz Drive rent for about $600 per month. In the main section of Green Acres, there is evidence of renovation and add-ons. One home up for sale right now is on Frances Street and is listed at $38,900 for a two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow with 1,002 square feet built in 1952. Another home on the same street was listed at $92,800 for 1,420 square feet and two bathroom stops.

The area is zoned for North Augusta elementary, middle and high schools.