The Salvation Armys planned Kroc Center, considered a key to redeveloping upper Broad Street and Harrisburg, sailed through the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission today.
The commission unanimously approved a special exception for the 16-acre site at the intersection of Broad and Eve streets, as well as a zoning change from multiple-family residential to professional for about 11.5 acres near where Eve Street meets the Augusta Canal.
The issue goes before the Augusta Commission on May 19.
Salvation Army Maj. Bruce Jones, Kroc Center director, said hes hoping to break ground in November or December.
Kroc Centers are part of the vision of Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. Mrs. Kroc, who died in 2003, left a $1.5 billion endowment to establish such centers across the nation and chose the Salvation Army to help implement her dream.