Demolition set for The Greens on Washington apartment complex

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A Washington Road apartment complex is about to face the wrecking ball.

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Demolition has begun at The Greens on Washington across from Augusta National Golf Club.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Demolition has begun at The Greens on Washington across from Augusta National Golf Club.

A demolition permit for The Greens on Washington, 1016 Woodsedge Drive, was issued July 16 to Thompson Building Wrecking Co. On Thursday, demolition equipment was at the site across the street from Augusta National Golf Club.

Atlanta businessman Robert L. Johnston, who bought The Greens on Washington in February 2012, was not available for comment Thursday. His assistant said he was traveling with limited access to phone or e-mail, and would not return to his office until Monday.

Johnston and his partners formed The Greens on Washington Road Ventures LLC on Dec. 14, 2011, and purchased the property for $8.3 million on Feb. 28, 2012, from the Mayo Group of Boston.

In July 2012, Johnston, an Augusta National Golf Club member, told The Augusta Chronicle the purchase had nothing to do with the golf club’s property acquisitions around Washington and Berckmans road. He had not decided whether to reinvest in the buildings that were in need of significant repair or to level the complex and start over.

Following the purchase, tenants were not allowed to renew leases.

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JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/09/13 - 10:44 pm
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I lived there one time when

I lived there one time when it was called SanSouci. 43 years ago. Had a good time too.

countyman
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countyman 08/10/13 - 01:57 am
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Excellent

Great news... Let's bring in the upscale condos, hotels, and masters theme restaurant, and museum to the property.

countyman
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countyman 08/10/13 - 02:18 am
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Masters guest will be shocked

Augusta is finally starting to realize that Washington road is suburban, but the area can still become more urban/modern.

City leaders need to make sure Washington rd becomes more pedestrian friendly, and receives new sidewalks/trees/plants along the roadway. The Knights Inn and Motel 6 all need to be demolished/redeveloped. Mixed-use developments are the best way to capitalize on the limited amount of land. Hotel/residential/commercial, office/commercial/residential, commercial/residential, etc combinations are perfect for this West Augusta market.

I would like for the property in front of the Publix to become a mid rise office building, Dave Busters, or mixed-use property. The Augusta National denied the one at the National Hills center(residential/commercial), and it's time move away from the dull traditional suburban architecture. None of the properties are located in very close proximity to the National, and should be able to become at least 5 stories or taller.

The city should buy the old Venus/Adonis property, the Peking restaurant, Arbys, and Florist shop. Turn the properties into greenspace where people can sit and socialize. The road is already full of retailers/restaurants, and desperately needs additional greenspace.

The Whole Foods store will help renovate, and inject new life into the Washington Crossing shopping center. The new Texas Roadhouse is underway next to the Zaxby's/hotels off Center West Parkway, and the gas station in front of the new restaurant will be demolished(strip center). The development in front of the Kroger should begin over the next few months.

mdl1946
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mdl1946 08/10/13 - 06:18 am
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countryman

Why don't you use your own money for you great ideas, instead of telling other people what to do with their money or spending the peoples money?

zippy
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zippy 08/10/13 - 07:50 am
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rumors

I have heard rumors.....not going to say who I talked to.....that the shopping center behind hooters is not going to let businesses renew leases either. they are looking to demolish and redevelop. not sure if we are going to lose country club and stein mart. it will be interesting to see what they do with it.

countyman
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countyman 08/10/13 - 11:13 am
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Washington road

Md916.... Cities should be expected to plan ahead in advance, and give the private developers something to follow.

I can't think of the last time the city made a large investment along Washington rd, and they owe West Augusta residents. Simple greenspace is a great addition to many commercial parts of West Augusta(Washington rd, and Augusta Exchange).

Zippy... The demand along Washington rd will definitely make that rumor become true.

countyman
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countyman 08/10/13 - 12:09 pm
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old Food Lion shopping center

Where's the reporting on the ANGC plans for this property? Where is the South Village development going to be located at?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/10/13 - 01:25 pm
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SanSouci back in the Early 70's

was upscale for Augusta Apartments.

Then it had several serious crimes and took a nose dive.
Was renamed to hide its past problems and never really recovered it glory.

Like many I wonder if AN will some how end up controlling what happens on that land either via Shell game or a "change" of mind because the offer was too good to pass up.

At the rate of acquisition by AN, they could end up owning the actual Washington Rd from Lake Omstead to Alexandra /Stanley Dr.
The Masters(tm) money is there if they decide to go that route.

countyman
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countyman 08/10/13 - 04:24 pm
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ANGC vs private sector

Private developers won't let them take control of everything.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/10/13 - 05:42 pm
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Countyman - There lays the rub as they say.

How many Private developers are AN members , or want to be?

countyman
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countyman 08/10/13 - 07:09 pm
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The overwhelmingly majority

The overwhelmingly majority of private developers aren't members, but I would presume the majority of the larger developers want to be.

The city of Augusta could become progressive, and built a crosswalk over Washington road. This would invite pedestrian traffic, and help the situation all the way around.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/10/13 - 08:29 pm
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Nocnoc, Countyman doesn't

Nocnoc, Countyman doesn't have the faintest idea as to whether or not private developers are members of the Augusta National.

I could've given the answer he gave. You could've come up with that answer. My dog Toby could've come up with that answer.

Honestly!

triscuit
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triscuit 08/10/13 - 11:19 pm
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Please put Madison on the

Please put Madison on the Green next on the list to demo, Aug. Nat.

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soapy_725 08/11/13 - 11:36 am
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Where will the prostitutes reside during Master's Week.
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Where will the prostitutes reside during Master's Week.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/13 - 06:28 pm
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Countyman, the Augusta National is Private

The Augusta National is private, too. The more they buy the better for the area as far as I'm concerned. As far as someone putting a "Master's themed" restaurant across the street, keep in mind the AN is very protective of their name and wouldn't allow such a thing.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/13 - 06:27 pm
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West Augusta

"I can't think of the last time the city made a large investment along Washington rd, and they owe West Augusta residents."

Dang, thought I'd have a heart attack when I read that.

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