Group launches Gordon Highway beautification effort

Friday, March 9, 2012 3:56 PM
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After three years of planning, a volunteer group’s quest to spruce up Gordon Highway started this week with median and landscaping improvements near Bobby Jones Expressway.

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John Cook, of Jacobs Land Management, prepares a median along Gordon Highway for the addition of crape myrtle trees and other plants.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
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John Cook, of Jacobs Land Management, prepares a median along Gordon Highway for the addition of crape myrtle trees and other plants.

“We raised the funds to pay for the whole project and contracted with a landscaper,” said Adam Logemann, a member of the Gordon Highway De­velop­ment Committee.

The nonprofit group, created in 2009, initially launched a series of cleanups and anti-litter campaigns aimed at boosting the image of the notoriously unappealing thoroughfare.

This week, after lengthy negotiations with the Georgia Department of Transportation, workers are transforming about 1,000 linear feet of weedy, unkept median into an appealing gateway for Augusta-bound motorists.

“They’re removing old signage and the current median now,” said Loge­mann, the owner and general manager of Gordon Chevrolet. “They will be replacing the weeds with black mulch and planting crape myrtle trees and a mixture of low-lying garden beds.”

The project will be complete within two weeks – in time for Masters Week visitors, he said.

“In planning it, they determined and chose low water-requiring plants,” Logemann said, adding that the
contractor, Jacobs Land Management, also will maintain the area for two years.

Plans include similar beautification work on other portions of the highway later, he said.

“We wanted to do this area first to give folks coming off Bobby Jones something pleasant to see, and we will keep going east,” Logemann said. “Over time we just want to keep going right down Gordon Highway.”

The group’s membership has fluctuated since its formation, but the hope is that the current project will stimulate interest – and community pride.

The committee is seeking members and volunteers, Logemann said.

The group meets at 6 p.m. the third Thurs­day of each month at Gordon Chevrolet, 2031 Gordon Highway.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/10/12 - 06:06 am
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GREAT GOING...wow...Look for

GREAT GOING...wow...Look for big stuff to happen in this area now....ya just might get a real surprise soon...:)

Makes me wanna buy some land there right now.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/10/12 - 06:08 am
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Some on here have doubted me

Some on here have doubted me when I said the Southside will rise again.....heh heh..I can smell the coffee...can you!!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/10/12 - 09:26 am
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Go ahead and beat your
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Go ahead and beat your drum... but until the people that live in the area start taking pride in their neighborHOOD then as soon as the newness wears off it'll be full of beer bottles and other trash. At least until the week before the masters each year

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 03/10/12 - 09:40 am
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Amazing example of what can

Amazing example of what can happen when citizens decide to take responsibility for their city. Kudos to the Gordon Hwy Development Committee!!

allhans
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allhans 03/10/12 - 10:25 am
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And, thank goodness, we have

And, thank goodness, we have the Masters Golf Tournament in three weeks.

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 03/10/12 - 11:05 am
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I am very proud of you all,

I am very proud of you all, keep up the good work!

Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/10/12 - 11:17 am
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Until the eyesore at the

Until the eyesore at the confluence of Deans Bridge Rd and Gordon Highway is dealt with, this noble attempt at restoration of a once vital corridor has little chance of success.

The Regency Mall property has so much potential in many ways, but if private investors are unwilling or unable to use it for the betterment of the Southside, then it is past time for the county government to step in and grab it for public use.

I've always thought that consolidating many local government functions there made such good sense. Central location, great access and plenty of parking are just too much to ignore. Creating a destination for the public good should result in the revitalization of the entire area and encourage tax based growth.

But what the heck do I know.

lsmith
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lsmith 03/10/12 - 12:39 pm
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Thanks to those who're trying
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Thanks to those who're trying to make a difference.

countyman
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countyman 03/10/12 - 02:13 pm
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I don't think it's an great

I don't think it's an great idea to purchase abandoned properties, but the Regency mall is clearly the exception..

The Saint Sebastian and Gordon Hwy beautification projects are both underway... Alexander rd and Riverwatch Pkwy/I-20 begin this year, and let's hope they look as good compared to Wheeler rd...

The $1.8 million grant we received due to the Augusta master plan will go towards Gordon Hwy, Deans Bridge, Millegeville, and 15th street. The ongoing road(Phase 1 of James Brown Boulevard & I-520 widening; new ramps, etc) construction will help parts of Gordon Hwy, Deans Bridge rd, and 9th street... We need to add trees and plants along Washington, Peach Orchard, Windsor Spring, Walton Way, Wrightsboro, and Laney Walker.

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dichotomy 03/10/12 - 01:43 pm
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Retired Army.....We don't

Retired Army.....We don't often agree but I am with you on this one. I think they missed a real opportunity at Regency Mall to do something smart, less expensive. innovative, convenient, and beneficial for all. But it wasn't in their "downtown redevelopment" schemes, and it wasn't a "Paul and the boys" project. And we all know they can't spend tax money that might accidentally help the south end, especially if Paul doesn't tell them they can.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/10/12 - 02:00 pm
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countyman...it is my

countyman...it is my understanding that B Morris wanted to do something with the Regency Mall a few years back....but he was blocked....some plans need to pass & I hope he will try again soon to make that place exciting again......
Richmond county can prosper & I'm glad so much improvement will happen in the area that means so much to me....
My home area--Peach Orch Rd---Lumpkin Rd--Deans Bridge...Wheeless....I would love to see it dressed up again with sweet flowers-plants-....I've always said should I hit the BIG ONE....part of it would be spent doing just that.

Plus buying a million dollar home on the RIVER!!!:)

countyman
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countyman 03/10/12 - 02:21 pm
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SeenitB4.. The mall is

SeenitB4.. The mall is private property, and I hope the city purchases the mall soon... It's been too long, and unless we have the serious private investor let's move forward..

Dichotomy. I don't know how anybody can miss the $20 million magnet high school underway in South Augusta next to Augusta Tech..

The voters of RC rejected several options to renovate the mall including an arena... I think it should become an place with multiple basketball goals, baseball/softball fields, tracks, walking trails, dog parks, skateboard/bmx parks, etc.

There's no downtown 'conspiracy' when four people out of the ten member commission(Joe Jackson, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett, Alvin Mason) happen to live in South Augusta..

Matt Aitken lives in the CBD, Jerry Brigham in West Augusta, Joe Bowles in Summerville, JR Hatney in East Augusta, Wayne Guilfoyle in Hephzibah, and Grady Smith resides in West Augusta..

allhans
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allhans 03/10/12 - 03:24 pm
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What kind of dollars would to

What kind of dollars would to take to make Regency Mall usable.
It has sat empty for years and the last reports I heard was of mold, mildew
...After that, would it be any safer than in the past?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/10/12 - 03:40 pm
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Actually dichotomy, you and

Actually dichotomy, you and others would be surprised as others would be disappointed at the thumbs up you get from me. After all, 1st Century based Xtian Liberalism has a place in our society too. It's the Roman political based Xtian thinking from the 4th century on that drives most folks nuts and they don't even know it.

iLove
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iLove 03/10/12 - 04:13 pm
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"... I think it should become
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"... I think it should become an place with multiple basketball goals, baseball/softball fields, tracks, walking trails, dog parks, skateboard/bmx parks, etc."

A great idea.

allhans
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allhans 03/11/12 - 07:26 pm
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What's with an X being used

What's with an X being used to replace
Christ?

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