DHEC To Discuss Nicholtown Odor Report

E. Richard Walton, Greenville (N.C.) News, September 27, 2007

State air quality inspectors who have looked into whether a mysterious bad odor is linked to Jesse Jackson Townhomes plan to present their findings today to the Nicholtown Neighborhood Association.

The “bad air” has wafted over the community in the past 30 days, residents have said.

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JJT is being razed. The site is owned and managed by the Greenville Housing Authority, which has planned 340 homes in the next few years.

The first phase of Heritage Hills, Charleston Place, was unveiled in July. Forty seniors moved in after the yearlong project was completed.

Boatwright said inspectors plan to do “a walk-through” of JJT at 3 p.m. today to affirm what was found.

She declined to reveal what the inspectors found, saying she wanted to share the information with the neighborhood before she released it to others.

The monthly neighborhood meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Heart to Heart on Sumlar Drive, according to Margaret McJunkin, association president. DHEC’s inspection was prompted in part by McJunkin.

“Two or three weeks ago there was a very bad odor in the community,” she said. “I don’t know if it (is) connected to that or not.”

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The Nicholtown neighborhood boundaries are Washington Avenue, Laurens Road, South Pleasantburg Drive and Faris Road. Nicholtown was the first black neighborhood in the city of Greenville.

Editor’s note: Jesse Jackson is originally from Greenville, South Carolina.

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