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Imagine affordable housing in Helena-West Helena. Imagine fewer and fewer people in the so-called “slums.” Imagine a place where families can meet, learn about computers, the Internet and have the room to host birthday parties for their children. Now imagine all of these things in one location.

While it just may be only visible in the imagination of many citizens, the first steps were taken Thursday to make that idea a reality with the groundbreaking of Southern Place Apartments on Highway 49 next to the Motel 6 behind the Phillips County Port Authority office building.