Concept plans for Greene, Telfair and Fifth streets ready for input

A second set of drawings - of Greene, Telfair and Fifth streets - is ready for public review in Augusta’s estimated $83 million downtown streetscape overhaul. File/Staff

A second set of designs is ready for Greene, Telfair and Fifth streets in Augusta’s estimated $83 million downtown streetscape overhaul.

 

Consultants will present the preliminary concept plans later this month at a third round of public input sessions on the construction project, and the city will soon release plan drawings to the public, according to city spokesman Jim Beasley.

Concept plans released in November for Broad, 13th and Sixth streets and James Brown Boulevard revealed a radically altered streetscape that eliminated sunken parking wells on Broad, beautified the railroad line through Sixth and installed gateway features such as an arch.

The plans break downtown Augusta into five areas: the Augusta Canal, the Broad Street “promenade,” the health and learning district, the Laney-Walker African-American district and an “architectural treasures” district centered on Greene and Telfair streets.

The plans are the work of Cooper Carry – an Atlanta landscape architecture firm hired for the project after Augusta voters passed the Transportation Investment Act, a 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects – and several subconsultants. The downtown project is included in Band 3 of the 10-year tax and is set for funding in 2020-2022.

Planners will discuss concepts such as parking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and lighting at the input sessions, to be held Jan. 24 at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, 4 Milledge Road, and Jan. 25 at the Beazley Room in the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 535 Telfair St. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.

The consultants also will present the plan at the 600 Broad St. building from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those two days.

After the third and final round of city-sponsored input meetings, consultants are expected to present a preliminary report to the city Engineering Services committee and the Augusta Commission in March, Beasley said.

If approved, the plans will be completed and sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation, probably in April, Beasley said.

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Vic McCoy More than 1 year ago
Laney-Walker African-America district.  Guess the rest of us don't rate our own district.
JAMES HERMAN More than 1 year ago
Laney Walker African Amerian district? How will we ever come together if we keep doing this kind of thing?
A Cee More than 1 year ago
How does that name prevent people from coming together? Should non-African Americans be offended or something?
Justin Graham More than 1 year ago
Again it is the HISTORY behind the area that goes into naming this district. During a time of segregation and oppression especially after slavery, the Laney Walker area was a vibrant African American neighborhood. I and I know of many others of all different races would LOVE to learn about the history behind this area.
Sonny Pittman More than 1 year ago

I like the ideas for improving the Broad Street streetscape. 


Finally, we're beginning to make real progress toward improving the lack of adequate parking spaces downtown. 

Raymond Ball More than 1 year ago
Seems to me that every time we have something come up in Augusta that is city wide, it has to be divided up so that there is some measure of prominence given to the black. -oh sorry-African community.  Why is that?  Are they not part of Augusta like he rest of us?
Justin Graham More than 1 year ago
It's the HISTORY behind the district. You are missing the point. It would be GREAT to know what that area was like in the 1800's and 1900's. The Laney Walker area is Augusta's version of Harlem, NY and the HISTORY is what makes both areas great. They were both vibrant African American neighborhoods during the post slavery era when segregation and un equal opportunity were a major challenge. YES I would LOVE to learn more about that area so quit speaking for everyone when you just want to ignorantly sweep the history under the rug. I guess we can talk more about this in the meeting. Oh wait, that's right you won't be there. You wasn't at the last one either. You just like to sit at home, hide behind the keyboard and complain about Augusta. Then do us all a favor and MOVE far far away.

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