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Apartments planned for the Village at Riverwatch

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Costco on River Watch Parkway is getting a new neighbor.

Atlanta-based Quintus Development has designed plans for a 260-unit apartment complex off River Shoals Parkway within the 100-acre Village at Riverwatch, next to Delta’s call center.

The company is under contract with the Village at Riverwatch developer, MGHerring Group of Dallas, to purchase nearly 26 acres for construction of a dozen two- and three-story apart­ment buildings. The sale is contingent on an April 16 rezoning vote by the Augus­ta Commission, said Jim Trotter, an Augus­ta attorney representing Quintus Development.

On Monday, the city planning commission approved the property’s rezoning from light industry to multiple-family residential.

“It will not be visible from River Watch Parkway,” Trotter said. “It’s better for that entire area.”

The complex, expected to cost between $28 million and $30 million, will include a clubhouse, fitness center, community pool and some garage parking, said Kelly Keappler, the president of the family-operated Quintus Development.

The units would be between 780 and 1,380 square feet, Keappler said. Rent prices haven’t been determined but would be comparable to what’s offered at apartment communities built in the past three years, he said.

The accessibility to downtown, Georgia Regents University and hospitals made the River Watch site desirable. Nearby outdoor amenities, such as the Augusta Canal walking path, also were a draw, he said.

If approved, construction could begin by early 2014, with the first tenants expected to move in a year and a half later, Keappler said.

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countyman
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countyman 04/02/13 - 03:02 pm
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Offically mixed-use

I'm glad to hear the newcomers at Fort Gordon, future GRU students/faculty, and young professionals have more options in term of class A apartment communities. The next step is the height of the buildings, and I would love for them to start going up(over 5 floors). The Vinnings area of Atlanta is very upscale with the mix of condo/apartment mid/high rises.

Hopefully the VAR and the Carmax area can offer two mixed-use developments in West Augusta. Similar amenities to the Augusta Exchange/Augusta mall, but without the multiple large parking lots.

I expect for the Village at Riverwatch to resemble the Village at Sandhills in Columbia. The businesses at the VAR will definitely feature more of an upscale variety though.
http://www.villageatsandhill.com/
http://www.herringgroup.com/projects/the_village_at_riverwatch
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/2/1/5/215C454D-FC23-4B3E-A659-3D54D59...

Clemintime
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Clemintime 04/02/13 - 03:08 pm
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RC School Impact???

With the addition of these apartments, I trust there will be adaquate fore thought given to the impact they will have on the area's schools.

countyman
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countyman 04/02/13 - 03:32 pm
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Singles

I seriously doubt many families will be moving into this apartment community. The people willing to pay around $1k for a one bedroom apartment don't usually have kids living with them.

Many single family homes throughout metro Augusta are cheaper or comparable in prices.

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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 03:30 pm
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"Rent prices haven’t yet been

"Rent prices haven’t yet been determined, but would be comparable to what’s offered at apartment communities built locally in the last three years, he said."

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 04/02/13 - 03:36 pm
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everyonje be careful this
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everyonje be careful this could be a backdoor way to build "mixed use or affordable housing" in an attempt to spread the rats and roaches around to include the last decent sections of town allowing them to use "dey section 8 housing vouchers" to contaiminate the few remaining decent elementary school that are left in rich cnty

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countyman 04/02/13 - 03:37 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 03:51 pm
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Countyman, I'm not saying you

Countyman, I'm not saying you are inaccurate, but those links don't say anything about a one bedroom being $1000. They both had 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Can you offer a definitive link? But the bigger picture is all apartments start out saying they are luxury ones. Over the years that changes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 04:13 pm
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Price of Apartments

Actually, Brigham Woods Apartments start at $875.
The Parc at Flowing Wells... $1011.

However, I'm pretty sure other apartments have been built in the past 3 years with lower rents.

The whole point is more apartments on that site are disappointing to be candid.

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David Parker 04/02/13 - 04:16 pm
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I feel that the level of

I feel that the level of apartment density in this area has been met. That is all. If some of you feel like we have too little houses to buy/rent and need additional spaces for people, I have to trust you on your word. But I do know that sometimes, development is promoted for development's sake. I hope that is not part of the equation.

and by "this area" I mean Augusta-Richmond County and Columbia County.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/02/13 - 04:23 pm
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Geez. I am VERY disappointed.

Geez. I am VERY disappointed. I wanted more retail/entertainment...not apartments! We have so many of them and they do okay for a while and then seem to go downhill. Yes, even the "nicer" ones. I would say that area of kids would be zoned to attend National Hills or Garrett Elementary and Tutt and Westside.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/02/13 - 04:23 pm
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Hmmm, a 260-unit complex is

Hmmm, a 260-unit complex is going to add ALOT of new traffic on River Watch. I'm still waiting on the non-existent theater to open up....well, actually, just to be BUILT. Oh, well. I don't live over that way. Hope it's successful.

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countyman 04/02/13 - 04:38 pm
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Apartments

I swear Riverman will try to spin anything coming to Richmond County. All apartments DON'T start off with the Class A label on them. This is location is apart of West Augusta, and look at the immediate area.

There's an grand total of three(Brigham Woods, Avalon, Parc at Flowing Wells) communities in the last three years.

I think you got the rent for Brigham Woods from another site, and those are wrong usually.

How is a mixed-use development considered disappointing? I didn't know the metro Augusta area was full of them. The residential nearby will keep a constant source of foot traffic at the site.

Triscuit.... What nicer apartments have gone downhill? I'm not talking about class B/C apartments who started off in the 500 per month range 20-30 years ago either.

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tl-bro 04/02/13 - 04:28 pm
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Triscuit...

The articles says they are only buying 26 acres - that leaves about 70 acres for the retail/entertainment.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 04:34 pm
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Oh, Avalon apartments $635

Oh, Avalon apartments start at $635 a month. Since you haven't furnished ANY site with the rent amount, I went to THE apartments' sites to get those numbers. But you still contend these new ones will start at $1000? That's not in the article and those built in the last three years don't charge that much. Understand if 2 and 3 bedroom ones are also built there will be families with kids in school.

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Little Lamb 04/02/13 - 04:37 pm
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Schools

Clemintime posted:

With the addition of these apartments, I trust there will be adaquate forethought given to the impact they will have on the area's schools.

They can bus the students down to Collins K-8 and Laney High.

countyman
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countyman 04/02/13 - 05:06 pm
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same few people

Those prices are wrong trust me(all you did was look on some apartment site), and I clearly said ''almost $1,000 for a one bedroom apartment''. Where are all of the families in the Parc at Flowing Wells and Brigham Woods then?

If you knew anything about the local apartment real estate market. The apartments in demand(Stevens Creek, West Wheeler Parkway, etc) go up in price all the time.

And the rent you gave for Parc at Flowing Wells is over $1,000.

I'm laughing because this location would be the only Costco in Georgia outside of metro Atlanta. But the suburbs of Chattanooga got one, because of the sunday alcohol sales in Tennessee.

Why do you think the rents can't be high? Especially considering the Estates at Perimeter, Glen at Alexander, and Century Hills all have one bedroom apartments in/around $1k.
http://www.centuryhills-apts.com/
http://www.glenalexanderapts.com/
http://www.estatesatperimeter.com/T

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triscuit 04/02/13 - 04:56 pm
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I would not be opposed to

I would not be opposed to Mixed-Use, but 2-3 story apartments are NOT mixed use. Mixed use...having retail/recreation with residential attached or usually, over it. Other than a little downtown and at Hammond's Ferry, we don't have that yet. I didn't see that mentioned in the article. Anyone able to afford $1000 for an apartment should buy a house. And I live near the area, I am familiar with it.

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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 04:57 pm
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I am a member of Costco and

I am a member of Costco and love the store as I also love Sams. Both of them are not too far from me in Columbia County. Possibly because of the newness, I shop at Costco more these days. What most of us are saying here is we wanted other retail, Bass Pro Shop and so on.

We know they stick apartments anywhere in the area they can get away with it. Columbia County fights like heck to keep them out. All apartments impact the schools and services. There are simply more people per acre than single family housing areas.

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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 05:04 pm
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Rents in Augusta

"Especially considering the Estates at Perimeter, Glen at Alexander, and Century Hills all have one bedroom apartments in/around $1k.
http://www.centuryhills-apts.com/
http://www.glenalexanderapts.com/
http://www.estatesatperimeter.com/T"

The last site doesn't work. Glenalexander doesn't give the rental amount and Century Hills apartments from your site start at $779.

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countyman 04/02/13 - 05:20 pm
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The VAR will become mixed-use

Triscuit... ''Mixed-use development is — in a broad sense — any urban, suburban or village development, or even a single building, that blends a combination of residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial uses, where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, and that provides pedestrian connections. The term ("a mixed-use development") may also be used more specifically to refer to a mixed-use real estate development project — a building, complex of buildings, or district of a town or city that is developed for mixed-use by a private developer, (quasi-)governmental agency, or a combination thereof.''

The apartments, retail, hotels, movie theater, and restaurants coming to the Village at Riverwatch is considered 'mixed use'... The building doesn't have to be 1st floor/commercial and 2nd floor residential in order to quality.

Riverman.... Additional retailers, hotels, restaurants, etc are coming to the site.

The apartment communities mentioned above do have rents in/around $1000k. Whats the point of repeating my comment? Just take the 'T' off the last link in order to view it.

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Riverman1 04/02/13 - 05:22 pm
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No big deal, but the link

No big deal, but the link doesn't work without the T either. Anyway, you get the point why many of us are disappointed. Sure I get what you say, but for many we could have used the retail and entertainment without the apartments.

"The apartment communities mentioned above do have rents in/around $1000k."

Well, sure they have rents that high, but the one bedroom apartments are not that much except for one apartment complex you furnished and I duly noted it.

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gsutke458 04/02/13 - 05:24 pm
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Countyman, who will live there?

So, we have new upscale apartments. So great for no one. There are no upscale jobs coming in for people to fill them. Where are they gonna work, the theatre you mention, ooh, or maybe the retail stores. Even if we assume that all these businesses you always mention have 3 managers each, what is that 10-20 good jobs. The rest are for teenagers. So you want everybody to be excited about Augusta, talk about some good jobs coming in, not businesses that will pay $10 per hour and places for people to live that will not be filled. And, please, stop shooting smoke up people's backsides.

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GnipGnop 04/02/13 - 06:15 pm
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Nothing says growth....

Like apartment complexes.....to funny

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palmetto1008 04/02/13 - 06:47 pm
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Correct, gsutke458...I doubt that the adjacent Delta call center
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Correct, gsutke458..I would venture to say it's a stretch to conclude that the adjacent Delta call center pays $10 an hour to most of its employees. Which translates into 2+ weeks gross pay for a one bedroom.

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proudgunowner 04/02/13 - 07:04 pm
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I live nearby and would LOVE
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I live nearby and would LOVE to see some restaurants come into the development, especially another Steak & Shake and Cracker Barrel / Bob Evans type place.

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triscuit 04/02/13 - 10:00 pm
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Thanks for the lecture on

Thanks for the lecture on mixed use. my opinion differs however. From National Hills to I-20, how many apartment complexes are there now? Too many to count, and most of them mediocre to crappy. So these will be on the other side of Riverwatch. Big deal.

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why not 04/02/13 - 10:25 pm
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Birkdale in Charlotte, NC

Local planners should look at the mixed use development in Charlotte-Birkdale. Living spaces, nice restaurants, boutiques, nationally-recognized retailers, green space for concerts, etc and parking on the street and in hidden parking garages. Well developed and a great weekend destination for locals and visitors.

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countyman 04/02/13 - 11:15 pm
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Village at Riverwatch= regional destination

Riverman... All of the apartments I mentioned have 1br apts in the $800-$1k range except for Avalon($700 and up). Who is the many? Why aren't you disappointed in Marshall Square? A chilli's, fitness center, tax slayer, etc. The next development at Marshall Square is the apartment community targeting seniors. Where are the upscale restaurants and retail?

Gsutke458... Augusta was ranked 2nd in terms of high tech job growth in the nation between 2005-2011(only trailed Boise, Idaho). The Starbucks plant won the 2012 'Georgia Deal of the Year', and it's under construction. The Rockwood plant, Medac expansion, and Hagler Systems are more jobs. The NSA at Fort Gordon, GRU investments, and Plant Vogtle will bring additional jobs.

Palmetto1008. The $76 million Medical Commons under construction, $100 million Cancer Center opening soon, and the proposed GRU 'Mills Campus'/'Downtown Cultural Campus' are only a few minutes away.

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countyman 04/02/13 - 11:13 pm
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Compare the new apartment communities.

Triscuit.. I think you need to research the different mixed-use developments across the US. Plenty of the one's in the suburbs resemble the Village at Riverwatch. The Village at Sandhills in Columbia includes apartments next to other amenities.

The apartments complexes along Washington rd from I-20/National Hills are very old(decades), and their still not very cheap. How many of those communities were ever Class A apartments? Both Century Glenn & Century Hills located on Alexander rd nearby(right of Washington rd) are luxury apartment communities($800 to $1k for a 1br).

Why don't you want to compare the recently built or communities under construction? Do the apartments located next to ADP(Parc at Flowing Well) or the community underway next to Carmax(Gateway)look mediocre?

The new construction won't allow you guys to spin the local apartment market. There's even two new apartment communities going up in South Augusta. I can't think of any current upscale apartments in South Augusta. This shows young professionals are moving to the area, and Augusta is doing better at keeping some of the young people already living here.

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triscuit 04/02/13 - 11:13 pm
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Countryman, I live within a mile of this site...

And have for 40 years. So there is no one more anxious for this area to prosper than i am. I was just hoping for more retail or entertainment being added... You know, things for all of the rest of us that have single-family homes.

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