Condos slated for Woolworth building

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The corner of Eighth and Broad streets might look different in coming months.

New condos and retail space are planned for the former Woolworth building, which has been vacant since 1992.

Atlanta-based Redstar Development will begin renovations this summer, possibly in July. The $2.5 million project includes 15 second-floor condos and street-level retail space. The renovations should take 10 months, said project manager Vince Williams.

"We took the property because of its location and size, and we thought it would be a good start. We're looking at other buildings in Augusta to possibly do some additional work on, depending on how this deal goes," Mr. Williams said.

The developers are "talking to big-box tenants," but they will most likely split the 20,000-square-foot retail space into four or five spaces, he said.

"Our project is going to look a little different for Augusta, but it's going to still be keeping with the same style, just with a modern twist," Mr. Williams said.

Plans for the project have not been filed with the city.

Mr. Williams said Augusta native Nobel Benefield introduced the group to the area. They were pleased with property finds.

"We really like Augusta for its stability and proximity to the river and neighboring cities and states," Mr. Williams said.

The development company has completed similar projects in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and Baltimore.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

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georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 03/18/09 - 02:04 am
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Do not use an Atlanta area

Do not use an Atlanta area bank like the Whites Building did. Get a strong bank otherwise you will pay the price big time later.

r11mcbell
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r11mcbell 03/18/09 - 06:51 am
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Augusta must solve the crime

Augusta must solve the crime and drug problem before you have success.

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 03/18/09 - 08:39 am
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"Augusta must solve the crime

"Augusta must solve the crime and drug problem before you have success" - the lamest statement ever!! Do you not think there are attempts to solve/stop crimes in every city in the world ?? Should Augusta stop evolving forward until all crime is halted, as if this is even fesible?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 03/18/09 - 09:50 am
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hey why not clean up downtown

hey why not clean up downtown before trying to attract home buyers or businesses, how can anyone expect people to return and patronize broad street when they don't feel safe...well this is augusta and the 10 clowns on the 8th floor would not understand the economic impact of crime in the downtown/broad street area

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sprintman 03/18/09 - 09:58 am
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jismojr CADI cleans downtown

jismojr CADI cleans downtown all the time. If you go downtown. You will see the men in the green shirts. What crime on broad street. When it the last time you heard of somebody. Getting robbed or killed on broad. Because i haven't.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/18/09 - 09:59 am
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Keep moving forward Augusta!

Keep moving forward Augusta! I like what they're doing with the green building and emporium condos downtown too.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/18/09 - 10:01 am
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jisomjr you don't feel safe

jisomjr you don't feel safe on broad street. Dang are you a 80 year old white woman. Who wouldn't feel safe in front of the whites building. Or on artist row on broad.

MyTake
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MyTake 03/18/09 - 10:21 am
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If there is any 'problem' on

If there is any 'problem' on Broad Street, the best way to fix it is the same as anywhere else - push it out. It's called Gentrification. You just have to get a critical mass of people down there that care. I know this is a new idea for Augusta - we are used to walking away forever - but in many other areas such as Grant Park in Atlanta the flow does reverse.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/18/09 - 10:32 am
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Mytake some people will be

Mytake some people will be negative about anything. Why would you have something negative to say. About a developer who wants to invest in Augusta. Augusta will have 15 more proffesional ppl living downtown. Along with new retail. Whats wrong with that?

coco rubio
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coco rubio 03/18/09 - 11:32 am
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we've been working on making

we've been working on making downtown a better place to live, work, and play for many years now -- some folks will always be negative -- but, the proof positive is in the new investors staking a claim in our city center -- best wishes to them and to all the citizens of the CSRA who support downtown augusta!!!

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Nothing else to say 03/18/09 - 02:39 pm
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Best of luck, and I do mean

Best of luck, and I do mean it. Downtown Augusta needs much cosmetic improvement. It also needs access to a great grocery store... now all the money has to be going to NA because there's nothing close to Downtown except that run down Krogers. And, I don't consider it safe enough to shop there in daylight hours.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 03/18/09 - 04:49 pm
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hey sprint, you are wrong on

hey sprint, you are wrong on both accounts, if you will wake up and read you will see my rants are for more police protection which translates into people with disposible income will them have the perception of being safe, hence they will patronize the shops and the resturants and in turn business will then return to the downtown area..i bit of economics, but i guess you don't understand so i will not go any deeper...also it isn't broad street perse but the surrounding areas, make people feel safe to drive or walk to broad street and you will see the increased foot traffic translating into the downtown area coming alive, by the way have you driven down 9th street on your way to broad street at nite??? try it sometime

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dantescratch 03/18/09 - 07:15 pm
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The White Building used a

The White Building used a Trust, which went bankrupt. That's why they can't currently show and sell in there. The FDIC is in the process of taking over the trust, and hopefully those units will begin to sell within the next couple of months.

I hope this continues to spurn grown downtown, and that the stables will be replaced with a proper sub-station for police.

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