NEW BERN -

Plans are underway to revamp a local area.

A public meeting held Thursday laid out a new planning effort for the Five Points area in New Bern. The goal is to bring the city's poorest neighborhoods back to life.

The plan has been in the works for a year, but the details were not released until now. Dozens of residents joined the public meeting to weigh in on the city's plan.

"It needs to be improved," Mary Randolph said. Randolph lives in the Duffyfield section of New Bern, and said she's been trying to get the area cleaned up for the past 30 years.

"Now it looks worse than it did then," she said. "We were doing all right out there. We had doctors’ offices and businesses."

The revitalization plan would bring those things back. Goody Clancy planner, Stephen Kearney, who presented the plan, said a grocery store, community center, and library are all things the plan recommends are added to the city. He said bringing new businesses to the area will help the community grow.

Kearney said the plan is realistic, but depends on the cooperation and involvement of the community.

The city is expected to adopt the plan in November. From there, the first stages of development are expected to begin in 2013.

In the meantime, Mary Randolph will keep pushing for a better neighborhood.

“It's time for them to start,” Randolph said. “Because if they're going to wait 30 more years, I won't be around to see it.”