Public urged to attend master plan meeting at Josey

Plans for redevelopment of 15th Street from Calhoun to Regency Mall

Tonight is the public’s first opportunity to weigh in on a plan to redevelop 15th Street from John C. Calhoun Expressway to Regency Mall.

The “priority corridor” of the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda, a master plan for development outside downtown Augusta, is the topic of a 6:30 p.m. public meeting, to be held 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 event today 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 4 1/2-mile route, according to a news release by a public relations firm hired with help from a $1.8 million federal grant 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 “is committed to an engaging process,” it said.