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A proposed 252-unit apartment complex behind the National Hills subdivision has brought with it dozens of complaints by neighbors worried about property values and additional water runoff problems, among other issues.

The main concern voiced Tuesday night by residents was that more apartments on Alexander Drive neighboring the subdivision would exacerbate water drainage issues for homes on Brookwood Drive. Drainage problems began after another complex was built nearby on Alexander Drive about a decade ago, National Hills homeowners said.

“I know of five or seven houses that’s had their foundations completely moved and had jacks put on them,” said Richard Anderson, whose home is on Brookwood Drive. “Mine being one.”

The proposed developer, Arthur Lynn, a managing member of Emory Equity LLC, presented a conceptual plan to about 75 people at the National Hills Neighborhood Association meeting.

The city was represented at the meeting by Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith, whose district includes the neighborhood; Sonny Pittman, Smith’s appointee on the planning commission; and planning and development staff.

Lynn asked planning commissioners to postpone a rezoning request for the 22-acre property earlier this month so he could address concerns with homeowners.

Emory Equity, based out of Atlanta and Charleston, S.C., is planning to develop 10, four-story apartment buildings, which include a basement level. Lynn said the units would rent from $900-1,300 monthly, with three-bedroom apartments making up 5 percent of the units.

Some residents raised questions about lowered property values, additional traffic, crowded schools and blasting damage from construction.

“You may have the best intentions of bringing all of these hip people to rent but they all go down sooner or later,” said Tina Slendak, who lives on Brookwood Drive. “That’s what our concerns are.”

Augusta Planning and Development Director George Patty said zoning is a balancing act.

“We’ve allowed all of these apartments to be built over there one at a time and to tell them that they can’t build apartments on their property, which is similarly situated to the others, would not fly,” he said.

Smith promised that if the apartments are approved, access to and from the complex could be made only from a right turn and the median on Alexander Drive would not be altered to affect traffic flow.

The issue is expected to be heard at the next city planning commission meeting June 3.

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countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 02:33 am
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West Augusta

$900 to $1300 seems consistent with the apartment communities built recently. The Gateway Crossing community underway next to Carmax is $900 to $1250. Also, it's on par with the upscale communities of Brigham Woods, Parc at Flowing Wells, Estates at Perimeter, and both the Glen at Alexander/Century Hills off Alexander road.

I don't really mind if they deny or approve this project. I do feel like Stevens Creek, and to an lesser extent Alexander Drive probably don't need anymore right now. I would like to see mid rise condo buildings start to pop up in West Augusta(Augusta Exchange, Village at Riverwatch, Washington, Furys Ferry, Alexander, etc) . The Augusta National stopped the condo development at the National Hills shopping center due to privacy concerns, and West Augusta is the only place(Augusta West Parkway) to build new condos outside of the CBD lately. The condo market in the suburbs is probably not large, but all we need is one 5-8 story condo building with a grocery store/parking on the bottom floors to get things moving.

The city of Augusta is beginning to grow much faster compared to previous years. More younger people are staying here in Augusta, and not moving to larger cities. Plus you have additional young professionals/single people moving here daily. The number of proposed apartments will only continue to increase. The city denied the new apartment community proposed for Augusta West Parkway, but you still have the Gateway Crossing, Fort Gordon Place, Helena Springs, Village at Riverwatch, etc. I understand completely how you don't want too many of them located in one area, but more people are renting in the US than ever before.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/13 - 05:00 am
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A Tale of Two Counties

Columbia County just turned down a builder who wanted to build 26 townhomes off a highway. Richmond County will probably approve this large apartment complex off Alexander Dr. There seems to be a different philosophy.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 05/22/13 - 06:13 am
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Sounds like a large

Sounds like a large development. Not that we need any more! The traffic in that area is increasing and where are we going to put the children who would be attending school?
And Mr. Patty, just because others have built there doesn't mean these folks have to! That's why places like the suburbs of Atlanta look like huge cookie cutter neighborhoods which are nothing but cheap Section 8 rentals that are an eyesore. That's like saying "well we let one guy build a monstrosity of an eyesore and I just CAN'T tell the new guy next door not to build one!" Please!!!
It's that type of thinking that is tearing up Augusta's landscape and contributing to the over-development of our city. Enough apartments already!!

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 05/22/13 - 09:06 am
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Unwanted Apartments

You mentioned young people moving here and young professionals. What about older Augustans who have paid their taxes, worked all of their lives to achieve retirement and can pay their monthly living expenses without government assistance? There are very few places for them to go when they are ready to give up houses. Why not market some of these properties as 55 and above for the older CSRA people? There are too many apartments in the Augusta area now. They cannot rent them. We see guys standing on corners waving signs saying "ONE MONTHS FREE RENT" so they can attract residents. I am very pleased that both county governments have declined to approve zoning for apartments. Mr. Patty is not a reliable source.

Apartments ALWAYS lower property values of surrounding areas. Everyone knows what happens to them within a few years.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/22/13 - 09:41 am
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The only difference between a

upscale apartment and a regular apartment is that within a few years the upscale turns to just a regular apartment and the true residents of the area (the tax property paying homeowners) get to see their property taxes go up and their property value go down.

obkad
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obkad 05/22/13 - 10:46 am
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who is telling the truth

The developer has informed National Hills of the UPSCALE styling of these units, but recent and past history all indicate that this will not happen. We will see what happens as this developer seems to indicate he has worked on these for 20 years and seems very young to be in this business for 20 years. I question the planning commission vote on this as it seems a show stopper to gain two way access to the just renovated Alexander Drive. Without access to Alexander drive no other access will be provided except through National Hills Development. The idea of single story patio homes would be more attractive than "upscale" apartments. You would have a much more favorable vote from the planning commission if this approach were discussed.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 05/22/13 - 11:41 am
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George Patty has been in

George Patty has been in Planning and Zoning for 40 years. I imagine it has been very lucrative for him. The property owner wanting to sell to the young developer is Cliff Channel. Any questions?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/13 - 01:25 pm
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At least your Apartment Complex

is not a Low Income Apartment Project is being called

Augusta Place Apartments.

http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4455

Also called: The Cherry Tree Relocation Project.

That certain powers downtown tried to sneak past the South Side residents for approval.

Go luck fighting your apartments.
At least you have "maybe" some pull with the Augusta National being down the street and them want a clean area.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/22/13 - 01:38 pm
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Gentrification...any questions?

Gentrification is a dynamic that emerges in poor urban areas when residential shifts, urban planning, and other phenomena affect the composition of a neighborhood.Urban gentrification often involves population migration as poor residents of a neighborhood are displaced. In a community undergoing gentrification, the average income increases and average family size decreases. This generally results in the displacement of the poorer, pre-gentrification residents, who are unable to pay increased rents, and property taxes, or afford real estate. Often old industrial buildings are converted to residences and shops. New businesses, which can afford increased commercial rent, cater to a more affluent base of consumers—further increasing the appeal to higher income migrants and decreasing the accessibility to the poor. Often, resident owners unable to pay the taxes are forced to sell their residences and move to a cheaper community

David Parker
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David Parker 05/22/13 - 03:34 pm
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More epic fail

I got my head around it finally. Keep on building the apartments. Build like the wind. Eventually everyone will have them on 3 sides of their home and everyone's property value will be lowered equally. What's good for the goose is good for the gander and since my neighborhood got'm, so can yours.

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 05:51 pm
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Not the same

Richmond County denied the 17 acre community off Augusta West Parkway last year. Plus the townhome development in Columbia County had to be rezoned in order to make it happen. Do you the same people ALWAYS have to hype up Columbia County while taking shots at RC everyday? Do these people realize who is the most important county by far?

This is why I dislike when the Chronicle tries to put Columbia beside Richmond County. One is the suburb of the other, and one is the second largest county outside of metro Atlanta. Does Fulton County have the same number of apartments compared to it's suburbs?

All you have to do is compare the nice apartments in West Augusta versus Martinez or Evans. West Augusta can offer the existing Parc at Flowing Wells, Century Hills, Glen at Alexander, etc. Martinez only has the Haven at Reed Creek, and Evans Ansley at Town Center.

Littleoldlady. I didn't suggest building many apartments in the areas near existing single family homes. I disagree with the premise all apartments go down in a few years. Why didn't Estates at Perimeter, Stevens Creek Commons, Glen at Alexander, etc follow this trend? Unless the definition of a 'few years' is over 15-20 years.

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 06:06 pm
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Augusta needs correct information desperately

Nonoc... Can you please find some more information on the apartment complex? I'm only asking because you said their marketing the rent at only $100 more than Cherry Tree, but didn't tell us how much.

The Chronicle ran the story, and didn't put anything related to government housing or $300 for the rent.

I just read the Rants and Raves, and your story is pulling every conspiracy theory out . People are bringing up the future portables at Bulter, by the area near Boykin rd is either zoned for Hephzibah or Cross Creek. Somebody even mentioned the land next to Pepperidge, and it's suppose to become a single family neighborhood.
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4131

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/22/13 - 06:24 pm
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I saw a sign by Pepperidge today

It says future home of some kind of storage place. That's not single family homes...

Tell it like it is
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Tell it like it is 05/22/13 - 06:59 pm
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National Hills residents question proposed apartment complex

I live on Northwood Rd and I am praying the National will buy up these houses like they did across Washington Rd.
We do not need more apartments built we need to sell the houses in N ational hills.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/22/13 - 07:59 pm
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Valley Park, Governors Place,

Valley Park, Governors Place, Fairway Village, Charlestown South, Cedar Ridge all Used to be UPSCALE apartments... The same people always cheerleading and list making...

Tots
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Tots 05/22/13 - 08:22 pm
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Countyman@6:06pm,

Countyman.i've always tried to read what you say with an open mind,then take what you say with a grain of salt.. Somedays i do shake my head and say-;Does he really believe the crap he is writing?

Now-ABOUT,that conspiracy theory from the rants&raves comments about Pepperidge& Butler High portables...No theories,it was a true statement..
Take your happy butt for a ride and see for yourself.....

countyman
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countyman 05/22/13 - 09:53 pm
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Facts

Valley Park, Charleston South, etc were NEVER upscale... When did these apartments ever have rents between $800-$1,000 for a one bedroom? None of those communities even have three bedrooms costing that much before, and their all over 20-30 years old I believe.. The same people always get mad, because others don't share their negative opinion of everything related to Augusta.

Tots... The majority of comments are based on 'facts', and not my personal opinion(like so many people on here). It's kinda ironic you don't have any problem with the false daily opinions, but you listen to facts with an grain of salt. I already know there's portables at Butler and construction occurring next to Pepperidge.

''Nocnoc at 9:04pm, Hi, i'm not sure what your being told about Boykin Rd.. I will say this,"whatever"- they are building beside Pepperidge has moved into overdrive...And they HAVE made new cross walks on both sides at the Pepperidge light,also the Phinizy Rd light, and more at the light infront of HWY-25 Bi-Lo.... Butler High School just got a bunch of brand new portable buildings delivered and setup this week...''

''Oh,they are coming!! the public transportation should be up and running by next year ,right along with the R.C.B.O.E. bus drivers....They have had prisoners working nearly eveyday cleaning the land and old buildings...''

People took your comments related to the portables at Butler, and immediately applied it to the Augusta Place Apartments. The fact remains the Augusta Place community will be zoned for Hephzibah and Cross Creek. I do apologize if I misunderstood your earlier comments. The comments did sound like 'all of these poor residents are moving in'', and the new portables at Butler were to handle them. The development next to Sadie Landing is supposed to become an single family housing and not multi-family residential.

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dichotomy 05/22/13 - 10:11 pm
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"Augusta Planning and

"Augusta Planning and Development Director George Patty said zoning is a balancing act."

And the balance usually tips on the side of those who have enough money to have friends, or make friends, at Planning and Zoning or on the Augusta Commission. The people with the juice. Little people have little or no hope when George Patty decides to ruin your single family property values by putting in apartments or rezone your vacant, unused farmland to residential so the county can tax you more while they "discourage development south of Spirit Creek".

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/22/13 - 10:32 pm
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The place by pepperidge is definately storage sheds,,,

They have a sign up that says so...I was there at 4pm today

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/22/13 - 10:55 pm
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Water runoff -

sure, that would be my major concern!

I feel for the neiborhood that's about to be subjected to yet another issue that brings down property values.

It's a lesson for all homeowners. Whan looking at property to purchase, you best have enough money to purchase surronding properties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/13 - 07:47 pm
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Just as a follow up ....I

Just as a follow up ....I just viewed Georgian Place formerly Valley Park's website and they do have 3 BR units... As does Governor's place.

Facts tend to be pesky things.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/24/13 - 11:51 am
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"Valley Park, Charleston

"Valley Park, Charleston South, etc were NEVER upscale... When did these apartments ever have rents between $800-$1,000 for a one bedroom? None of those communities even have three bedrooms costing that much before, and their all over 20-30 years old I believe.. The same people always get mad, because others don't share their negative opinion of everything related to Augusta."

The same people always supply disinformation and embellish.....

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