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City administrator touts North Augusta's economic potential

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 8:28 PM
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North Augusta felt the effects of the recession a little later than most cities, but the future is looking brighter, the city’s administrator said Wednesday.

North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said Wednesday that the city's economy is improving, with a new Wal-Mart leading the way.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said Wednesday that the city's economy is improving, with a new Wal-Mart leading the way.

“It’s slowly picking up,” Todd Glover said of the city’s economy during Wednes­day’s Greater North Augusta
Cham­ber of Commerce break­fast.

“Although we didn’t have the peaks and valleys that other places in the nation did, we did have a decline. It just happened a little later. I think we’re starting to see a change, an uptick.”

Glover spoke at the chamber’s monthly A.M. Con­nection meeting at the North Augusta Community Center.

Most of North Augusta’s residential growth has occurred in the area near In­terstate 20’s exit 5, but “un­til recently, there has not been a lot of economic activity there around exit 5,” he said.

Officials expect that to change with a Wal-Mart development coming to Edgefield Road.

It would be the city’s second Wal-Mart.

“They are serious about it, and I think it’s an honor for a city our size that a corporation like Wal-Mart sees the strength in us to come and locate another store,” Glover said.

The development will include a Wal-Mart that will be about 160,000 square feet with an auto center and a fuel center.

There also will be space for other shops.

According to the developer, it is already more than 50 percent leased, Glover said.

The city also is planning to extend its downtown street­scape themes into the area, which is one of the city’s gateways, to continue the look and feel of North Augusta, he said.

“One of the things we like to say is that when you enter North Augusta you know it,” he said. “When you leave North Augusta you know it.”

The medians will have brick pavers like the ones downtown as well as shrubbery and trees.

“We are making conscious efforts to beautify and landscape those areas,” he said, referring to Interstate 20 exits 1 and 5.

Glover said he expects North Augusta to continue to see economic growth, making it the place to be in the next few years.

“Things are starting to loosen up. … Businesses are looking to expand, and I think that more and more they are starting to look at North Augusta as an option,” he said.

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bernardbarbour
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bernardbarbour 08/28/13 - 08:35 pm
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Is Walmart asking for school money?

No! So what's up with the Jackson Project? I'm just saying.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/28/13 - 11:20 pm
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Leave

North Augusta city administrator Todd Glover said:

“One of the things we like to say is that when you . . . leave North Augusta you know it.”

Yeah, I know when I leave North Augusta on Georgia Avenue and cross the 13th Street bridge and see that foreboding, overgrown, serpentine brick wall — that I am entering a war zone.

Tear down that wall, Dr. Azziz!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/13 - 07:22 am
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Competent, level headed administrator

Glover appears to be a competent, level headed administrator as he presents the good with the bad in an accurate way.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/29/13 - 09:18 am
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Todd is a good guy. Columbia

Todd is a good guy. Columbia County couldn't keep him and Aiken County gov't couldn't either. So glad North Augusta made the wise choice.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/13 - 09:21 am
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Must be something "Anti-Political" if CC didn't want him?
Unpublished

He does seem to love construction money?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/13 - 09:22 am
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You know you have left ARC when the trash piles subside.
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You know you have left ARC when the trash piles subside.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/13 - 09:24 am
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Simple choice. Clean & well managed or Disgustia?
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Simple choice. Clean & well managed or Disgustia?

TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 08/29/13 - 11:24 am
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Walmart evades taxes

Another Walmart is not economic development! Study after study shows that Walmart depresses local wages and property values. Furthermore, we don't know the full tax burdon another Walmart is going to cost. They're notorious for evading property tax by systematically challenging assessment -- with the arguement that the property is inherently devalued because it is a Walmart! They also set up investment trusts solely for the purpose of paying rent to themselves so that they can manipulate the property value. We subside their underpaid workers through school lunches, Medicaid, food stamps, section 8 housing, etc. we've already foot the bill to reroute a road so that it will line up with the new entrance. Worse, this rerouting has introduced a dangerous bend in the road and ruined the access to an established franchised business.
Another Walmart is going to preclude any opportunity for North Augusta to attract more valuable retailers, small businesses and white collar industry. We are going to pay dearly for this economic fiasco. Well you are, because I'm going to have to move in order to get a real job. Nothing here!

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