DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Josephine Parrish, an independent property enhancement advisor moved from Utah to an area known as “Ford Country” in east Dothan four years ago.

An area that she says had a negative connotation for quite some time.

“People were not taking care of their properties, people not mowing the lawn, trimming their bushes, trash all over the place and nobody seemed to care,” Parrish said.

Parrish said most of her neighbors are living paycheck to paycheck and are used to living in those conditions but she wants to change their mindset. That motivation is what made her buy a house built in 1968 and become a trendsetter by remodeling it into a French Country home.

“City leaders are really who put things in motion and in support of these revitalization efforts but on the side of the neighborhood, people are just not informed of what the process is and how to get started, and that’s what I’m trying to get them to understand its achievable in increments,” She said.

Revitalization is taking place on that side of town, the city has implemented water and sewer lines for 122 homes in the “Ford Country” area.

Also, it’s just in time for the Highway 84 east corridor project that’s moving along – a project that will bring trails, parks, and businesses –connecting Downtown to the medical hub.

“They wanted to make this area walkable for those who work at the hospital which is less than a mile away from us and they can leave their car in the driveway that’s a real plus for this area,” She added.

If you need help coming up with a revitalization plan for your home, you can reach Parrish on her Facebook at shinebydesigninteriors or 801-874-7271.