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Apartments planned in Augusta's medical district

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An apartment building in the works would add about 110 multifamily units within Augusta’s medical district.

Preliminary plans call for a mix of one- andtwo-bedroom apartments at 1399 Walton Way, directly across from University Health Care System. Most of the 2.8-acre property at Walton and St. Sebastian ways is hampered by a Georgia Power Co. utility easement.

Lat Purser & Associates, based in Charlotte, N.C., is pursuing construction of a four- to five-story building on the triangular parcel’s southwest corner, with parking in the rear.

“The types of apartment projects that we manage and develop, they’re only in urban core areas,” said Lat Purser & Associates Vice President Jack Levinson.

At an Augusta Planning Commission meeting Monday, Levinson sought a parking variance to reduce the number of required parking spaces from 195 to 150 because of the property’s unique shape. He received unanimous approval by the planning and zoning board, and no further action is required by the Augusta Commission.

The project is in the due diligence stage, Levinson said. If plans continue as expected, the apartment building could break ground by mid-2014 and take about a year to complete, he said.

An estimated $11 million investment, the apartment units would rent at market rate.

“We would expect that professionals in the medical district would be renters,” said Levinson, adding downtown professionals and Fort Gordon workers to the list of potential tenants. “It would be possibly a few students.”

Levinson pointed out that the Georgia Department of Transportation already has approved road improvements for the portion of Walton Way fronting the site.

Lat Purser & Associates develops, manages and leases retail, office and multifamily centers across the Carolinas, Florida and Georgia. Locally, the company handles North Augusta Plaza, anchored by Publix on East Martintown Road.

The Walton Way property was last sold to Walton MOB Augusta LLC in June 2011 for a little more than $1 million. Its market value is nearly $700,000, according to the city’s mapping service.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/05/13 - 09:38 pm
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Fort Gordon

Why would Fort Gordon workers want to rent apartments in the 14th Street medical district?

countyman
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countyman 08/05/13 - 10:15 pm
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Urban infill

This is great news for Augusta, and the development includes a new mid rise building.. The Augusta Exchange, Washington rd, Medical District, and the CBD all need additional mid rise condo/apartment buildings. The Augusta Exchange and the CBD should have at least one high rise also.

The infill between the CBD and Medical District is one of main things to accomplish... The Greenway would be a great start to help bring in additional private developers.

Little Lamb.. The proximity to the Central Business District, Riverwalk, GRU, amenities, etc... City living attracts many different types of people to the urban core. The idea of being able to walk, bike, or take the bus to restaurants, the commercial development opening near Kroger, theaters, etc

Imagine the future daytime pedestrian traffic walking on 15th/Walton Way/Laney Walker over the next 2-3 years. The Laney Walker area is growing, and now the infill is coming to the Medical District. The Mills Campus in Harrisburg would cause even more pedestrian traffic, because of the proximity to the Medical District. The students/faculty and GRU, Paine College, University, etc are walking in the area now.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/05/13 - 10:13 pm
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LL, I thought the same thing.

LL, I thought the same thing. Makes no sense.

Wait until they find out who their "neighbors" are, that live in that area.

countyman
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countyman 08/05/13 - 10:24 pm
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Private developers flocking to Augusta

Hope to see this on the Augusta Chronicle facebook page.. Private developers building upscale apartments in West Augusta is common, and even South Augusta attracted the new Fort Gordon Place coming soon on Tobacco rd(near the Fort Gordon entrance).

The difference is those are suburban locations, and the designs mostly reflect the locations. This is a brand new mid rise building, and fits perfectly with the urban concept. Midtown(Central/Wrightsboro east of Highland) is also experiencing several infill developments..

Their neighbors include the CBD, Waters Edge, and Olde Town. The Laney Walker area is much better than before, and Cherry Tree/Sunset off 15th will be demolished in the near future. The GADOT 15th street widening is going to cause some relocation efforts also.

This is happening across the US(Urban renewal, infill, & revitalization), and Augusta is late to the party.

People will soon be able to drive on Laney Walker, and see the Laney Walker/AR Johnson students, office workers, students/faculty in the Medical District, and the residential population in the area walking/biking together on the street. This is when you can procalim Augusta has finally arrived to the mountain top.

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Riverman1 08/06/13 - 05:04 am
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Hallelujah, Hallelujah!!

"People will soon be able to drive on Laney Walker, and see the Laney Walker/AR Johnson students, office workers, students/faculty in the Medical District, and the residential population in the area walking/biking together on the street. This is when you can procalim Augusta has finally arrived to the mountain top."

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the apartments!! Hallelujah, Hallelujah!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/13 - 05:06 am
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How is the Peabody doing?

How is the Peabody doing?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/06/13 - 07:20 am
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As they push

South Augusta lower down the totem pole....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/06/13 - 07:50 am
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Glory be

I thought the same thing!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the apartments!! Hallelujah, Hallelujah!!

So that is where the mountain top is..

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/13 - 08:55 am
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God knows, if there are

God knows, if there are mid-rise apartments in Augusta, life will be good for everybody! Our PRAYERS are being answered!

"People will soon be able to drive on Laney Walker, and see the Laney Walker/AR Johnson students, office workers, students/faculty in the Medical District, and the residential population in the area walking/biking together on the street."

I saw people walking and biking along Laney Walker 30 years ago. So has everybody else.

So I think we've been to the mountaintop a long time ago.

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jbenny2010 08/06/13 - 09:38 am
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That's what we used to call

That's what we used to call gentrification; now it's called urban revitalization. Either way it's get rid of the have-nots to make room for the haves and spread them to the suburbs so the city doesn't have to see or worry about them (hello south Augusta). That's why new developments like halfway houses, transitional centers, and mixed income housing are all slated for the south Augusta suburbs; the national trend is for CBDs to attract young professionals with plenty of spending money.

I wonder what happened to the development along Twiggs Street? They boarded up all the all houses and buildings and started with a pile of bricks and construction that has stopped. Those bricks are still piled up at 9th & Wrightsboro Rd collecting dust with no activity in sight.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/06/13 - 09:57 am
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I agree with this benny

and spread them to the suburbs so the city doesn't have to see or worry about them (hello south Augusta). That's why new developments like halfway houses, transitional centers, and mixed income housing are all slated for the south Augusta suburbs

Hello South Augusta.....I hope you are ready to stand up for your future......or do you want another Detroit south of the Gordon Hy.....the sad thing is....when you create the lop sided slope of unloading crap.......it always comes back & bites ya in the (well you know where)

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countyman 08/06/13 - 01:45 pm
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Private

Gentrification and revitalization are two different things...

Harrisburg, Laney Walker, 15th street, etc will become examples of gentrification... The CBD, Olde Town, etc are places who only need additional revitalization.

What mixed income development, transitional center, and halfway house is proposed for South Augusta? The news in this article is related to private investment, and not the city of Augusta demolishing housing projects.

Plus a new transitional center is being proposed in the Laney Walker area...

The development at Twiggs/Wrightsboro is apart of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem development, and will still happen.

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raul 08/06/13 - 03:55 pm
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@countyman. And where do the

@countyman. And where do the "gentrified" residents go?

countyman
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countyman 08/06/13 - 07:12 pm
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Across the CSRA

Across the CSRA

Watermedic
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Watermedic 08/07/13 - 12:50 pm
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Well at least they will be

Well at least they will be close to the trauma centers! The whole area around that is bad news!

Obama must have something to do with this. It is another "let me pull a rabbit out of my hat!" idea.

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