The public will get a chance next week to give its opinion on a master plan for redevelopment outside the downtown area.
A meeting will be held Wednesday on the first phase of Augusta’s Sustainable Development plan, which promotes redevelopment along 15th Street from John C. Calhoun Expressway south to Regency Mall.
The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be at T.W. Josey High School, 1701 15th St.
Intending to build on the successes of the downtown/North Augusta “Westobou” master plan, the Augusta Commission financed the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda in 2009 at a cost of $500,000.
The plan’s “priority corridor” is the 15th Street-Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard-Deans Bridge Road corridor used by many to enter downtown from south Augusta, and in 2010 the city received a $1.8 million grant to implement the plan’s first phase.
The “project kickoff” on Wednesday will “provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in a discussion and interactive exercise to share views about pedestrian safety, job creation, and the development of affordable housing and quality retail services over time” along the 41/2-mile route, according to a news release by a public relations firm hired recently to promote the plan.
Objectives include developing prototypical projects, roads with bike paths, and green, affordable housing. The program, now headed by Augusta Sustainable Development Manager John Paul Stout, who was hired last year, “is committed to an engaging process,” it said.