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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 04/03/13 - 12:20 am
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West Augusta

The state of Georgia is almost 10 million people, but only two Costco locations exist outside of metro Atlanta.

Developers don't just build them anywhere, and Columbia doesn't even have one yet(Charleston & Greenville do).

Trust me, additional retail and entertainment are coming to the area. Trader Joes, J Crew, Cheesecake Factory, H&M(heard was coming to the mall), Brooks Brothers, California Pizza Kitchen, Dave & Busters, Container Store, REI, Whole Foods, etc are possibilities.

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Bodhisattva 04/03/13 - 03:36 am
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Wasn't the original purpose

Wasn't the original purpose of River Watch to ease congestion on Washington Road during peak traffic hours? Limited access? No advertising? Didn't they even make the nursery remove its sign, or at least try to? There was the one ball field at the recreation complex that always had mounds of dirt on it so it could never be used. Lots of ads there but very few on the fields that were actually in use. I wonder how that happened? Soon it will be faster to take Washington Road to get downtown.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/03/13 - 06:37 am
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Costco came for 2 reasons...

They knew that building a store on the state line would serve several communities and they got a sweetheart tax deal. Apartments actually make this area less desirable to me...but that's just MHO.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/03/13 - 07:55 am
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Be happy that new development

Be happy that new development is here not unhappy. Also that it will not be Section 8.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/03/13 - 08:11 am
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I dont' know where the idea

I dont' know where the idea came in that more Superstore's were such a good thing. They certainly aren't in my culture. They strangle the economy for smaller business start-up and push existing ones right out of business. They provide foreign countries with steady trade and bring us merchandise that is low quality and "disposable" for all intensive purposes. It's not conducive to a free-market and can ONLY result in limited options for consumers. If you think it's great, please enlighten me.

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triscuit 04/03/13 - 09:46 am
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Yes, Bedford Greenhouses, a

Yes, Bedford Greenhouses, a long-time, LOCALLY OWNED gem, was not allowed to post a sign on it's property facing Riverwatch. However they proudly fly the flag. Now look at it that road. And it pretty much IS just as quick to take Washington Road during busy times. They should go ahead an put a sign there, but they are probably not wanting to ruffle feathers. Good young people running a local biz...sure wish we had more of that.

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 04/03/13 - 10:07 am
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I am assuming you all post

I am assuming you all post comments before reading the news. Growth of Multifamily means good things for any city. And for the one against "Class A" because they aren't class A 3 years from now, the same goes for that luxury automobile 3-5 years after you purchase it. We have good things going on in Augusta. If you don't like it, simply move. That's all.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/03/13 - 10:30 am
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Yep, great idea AB. Those of

Yep, great idea AB. Those of us who actually chose Augusta and plunked down the money to buy houses instead of renting apartments should move on. Different perspective for sure.

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 04/03/13 - 10:43 am
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Housing markets in any city

Housing markets in any city are everything but great. We live in a renters world these days. Why? Because of numerous things, but for one, we don't know if we will have a job in a year. Who wants to purchase a house if they cannot predict what they will be doing in a year. Second, with the consolidation of University's, I'm almost positive those students will not be purchasing a home. Starbucks, Bridgestone etc etc. Get your facts straight before complaining about GROWTH.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/03/13 - 11:52 am
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So...

People that own houses and pay property taxes that want a say in what goes on in their community and care about their children's schooling, environment and the upkeep of their city should just move because of a coporation's decision to make money from renters? Yeah...makes perfect sense to me....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 11:58 am
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So augusta boy

I see his birthday is 1984....now guys yaknow he has been around such a looong time...surely he is brighter than any of us oldies...lol :)
yeh I'm laughing here...
Live & learn my friend....apartments are nice when they are well kept---clean--& upstanding folks rent them...just isn't always the case..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 12:02 pm
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But I will agree on this

Jobs come & go...very few feel secure in todays world....renting has gotten very popular with the young crowd..

David Parker
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David Parker 04/03/13 - 12:33 pm
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Dr Jekyll, Mister

Dr Jekyll, Mister Countyman

Just kidding CM!

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countyman 04/03/13 - 01:19 pm
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Costco

If Costco only supposedly came for two reasons. Where's the store on the Savannah/SC border? Hilton Head caters to the wealthy, and the city is more upscale compared to Aiken(definitely more upscale than North Augusta).

Where's the store on the Columbus/Alabama border? I can think of several areas near county lines without one located in Georgia.

I guess the surrounding traffic(Riverwatch/I-20), and demographics of West Augusta had nothing to do with it.

I can't wait to hear the spin once the new developments open at the Village at Riverwatch, Carmax area, and the 44 acre development at Walton Way Extension/I-20.

South Augusta is even beginning to pick up steam(Hampton Inn hotel, Five Guys, Walgreens/3 acres of additional development) in the commercial market.

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 04/03/13 - 03:42 pm
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To Seenit and Gnip. I am a

To Seenit and Gnip. I am a Multifamily developer, here are some stats for you to write home about regarding the impact of these three elements: construction, operations, and resident spending. The Trillion Dollar Apartment Industry contributes $1.1 Trillion to the national economy and supports 25.4 million jobs. Multifamily Construction contributed $42.5 Billion to the natural economy. The industry supported roughly 324,000 Jobs in 2011. Apartment residents contributed $885.2 Billion to the national economy in 2011. Know why? Renters spend more of their income locally than homeowners. So the next time you bash an apartment development or developer, bring your facts to the table, not just your two cents. Thanks!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 04:00 pm
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Something told me you were a developer

Check your attitude at the door why doncha...sure money comes with development ...we don't doubt that but guess what else comes with apartments....more schools---road improvements--more police protection--fire depts...GUESS who gets to pay for that...the tax paying homeowners ....& THAT my friend is why we have an imput in this conversation...

BTW...we rent homes/cabins etc....so I'm not bashing rentals....but I know all sides of this equation ..geez...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 04:03 pm
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You don't have a clue...

Get your facts straight before complaining about GROWTH.

We know our facts & then some.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 04:05 pm
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Where did you come up with this quote

Renters spend more of their income locally than homeowners

Funny man...:)

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 04/03/13 - 04:21 pm
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Would you like to pick up the

Would you like to pick up the property tax tab on a Multifamily project? WE pay too.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 04:22 pm
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/13 - 04:40 pm
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Are we making friends ....

I have to go but just want to leave you with this....

Do you know the most important trait a man can have? It is not executive ability; it is not a great mentality; it is not kindliness, nor courage, nor a sense of humor, though each of these is of tremendous importance. In my opinion, it is the ability to make friends, which, boiled down, means the ability to see the best in man.” -Dale Carnegie

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/04/13 - 07:11 am
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I don't care about what other

Costco's came for or what their reasons are...I just know why this one is where it is. As far as renters spending more money locally than homeowners? Please...you ever owned a home? You don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.

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