Augusta Economy

More News | Fort Gordon | Plant Vogtle | Savannah River Site | Editor

Luxury apartments planned on Walton Way Extension near I-20 in Augusta

  • Follow Local Business

Construction on a mixed-use project, anchored by an upscale apartment community, is scheduled to begin in early 2014 on Walton Way Extension next to Interstate 20.

Map View

Javascript is required to view this map.

Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial got the green light Wednesday from Augusta planning commissioners to move forward with plans to develop a gated “Class A” apartment community that will include a clubhouse, pool and walking trails within a 54-acre tract right off the I-20 interchange on Walton Way extension.

The apartment complex, called Grand Oaks at Crane Creek, likely will consist of between 240 and 330 units, said Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial President Mark Senn.

The Augusta real estate firm was requesting to incorporate six parcels, or about 25 acres, behind 45 acres off Walton Way Extension that had already been designated for the multifamily development.

There are about 10 acres fronting Walton Way Extension zoned for commercial use, Senn said.

“There will probably be some commercial there at some point in time,” he said. “We really don’t know what we’re doing with that front piece in terms of retail.”

By adding 25 acres to the development, the residential density will drop from 11 units per acre to six, said Senn.

He estimates that about 750 apartments could be built after the two properties are combined.

“That’s not what we want to do,” said Senn, adding that the amount of green space on site will be tripled. “It allows us to have about 25 acres of green space on the property that will allow us to put about a mile of walking trail in it and have a lot more green space around the units themselves.”

Fourteen three-story apartment buildings with garages are planned on the property. Rent prices will be determined later, but Senn said they typically set the cost on the “higher end of the market.”

Senn declined disclosing the project price.

The property – part of The Nixon Trusts – was going to be developed in 2005 as a 300,000-square-foot shopping center. Atlanta-based Forum Development Group backed out of the project in 2008 after being unable to secure the retail tenants it wanted.

At the meeting Wednesday, homeowner Randy Sasser said his only concern about the development pertained to prior raw sewage spills occurring on a major sewer trunk line along Crane Creek near the property.

“We would like to have some assurances that these 300-plus toilets are not going to come into that trunk line in conjunction with where this spill has already occurred,” said Sasser, who lives in Foxhall subdivision.

Planning Commissioner Sonny Pittman opposed the zoning request, stating that a resolution to the sewage spill needs to happen before work on the development starts.

Developers expect construction to take about a year.

Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial is currently developing similar apartment properties in Nashville; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Comments (18) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
countyman
21303
Points
countyman 09/04/13 - 07:25 pm
2
5
Growth!!!!!!

The growth in West Augusta is really picking up steam in 2013. This would make an great location for Trader Joes, Anthroplogie, J Crew, or Crate & Barrel..

Let's hope the design of the commercial devlopment will resemble the lifestyle concept instead of the standard big box design.

I'm glad the development includes green space, because the city needs more in the urban core and suburbs. Hopefully the next mixed-use development in West Augusta will be more urban. A mid rise or high rise building with residential/commercial/office in one structure. The market should be able to support condos for the residential portion next time.

triscuit
3223
Points
triscuit 09/04/13 - 07:54 pm
3
0
More high end apartments!

More high end apartments! Just what we need!

countyman
21303
Points
countyman 09/04/13 - 08:22 pm
1
5
Private growth!!!

The development includes multiple acres zoned for retail.... The apartments will be located in the rear of the property.. I don't expect the high end apartment construction to end anytime soon, because Augusta is growing much faster this year. I do expect to see an increase in the mid rise/high rise buildings(4-5 story building coming to the Medical District) instead of the traditional suburban apartment communities..

More young people are beginning to move to Augusta. The existing 18-25 year old population is also staying here compared to moving to the bigger cities like Atlanta.

The recently built Parc at Flowing Wells is around $800 to $1100, and Brigham Woods is $900 to $1400.

$2,000 apartments in West Augusta, Medical District, North Richmond, and the CBD will probably become the norm by 2020. I can see the rental market in Midtown expanding in the future too.

Gage Creed
18920
Points
Gage Creed 09/04/13 - 08:36 pm
5
1
Let's see.. more people,

Let's see.. more people, consuming more government services with a tax base that lacks residential ownership and property tax dollars...hmmmmm.

countyman
21303
Points
countyman 09/04/13 - 11:05 pm
1
5
Augusta keep moving forward!!! Double standards are lame!!!

The same negative comments from the same few people every single day lol... Why do the people who dislike or love to bash Augusta constantly read the ''Augusta Chronicle''..

Cities don't build new apartments unless their building new single family housing too. The 200 acre Haynes Station neighborhood off Gordon Hwy in Southwest Augusta. The new Spring Creek Village in South Augusta. The new Carnes Place in Summerville.

The Augusta Chronicle article from April related to the apartments coming to the VAR. They had the exact same negative comments from the same people. Less than three months later both Cabela's and the upscale movie theater were announced.

I'm positive this area will attract something not presently in the market, because of the demographics.

I'm still laughing at Chascushman's comment from earlier today, because he constantly loves to bash Augusta. Then he actually took up for the Aiken Mall when somebody called the mall a dump lol.. I guess the Augusta mall attracting(H&M, Michael Kors, Stride Ride) stores that don't even have locations in South Carolina or outside of metro Atlanta in Georgia is no big deal compared to the Aiken Mall.

Riverman1
90742
Points
Riverman1 09/05/13 - 08:08 am
4
1
Columbia County Limits Apartments

Columbia County has limited the number of apartments it will allow. I wonder if Richmond County will ever do the same? There is a tremendous demand put on government services by apartments.

raul
5541
Points
raul 09/05/13 - 04:27 pm
1
0
@Countyman. How much do you

@Countyman. How much do you think these apartments will rent for? What would be demographics of the renters? e.g. income, employment.

countyman
21303
Points
countyman 09/05/13 - 06:14 pm
1
1
Around $900 to $1500

Around $900 to $1500

Gage Creed
18920
Points
Gage Creed 09/05/13 - 07:10 pm
1
1
Cities build apartments????

Cities build apartments???? Freudian slip? SMH

Gage Creed
18920
Points
Gage Creed 09/05/13 - 07:14 pm
0
1
Cities build single family

Cities build single family housing? Are these "developments" an increase to the tax base or a liability? No need to answer... the washer is running and I don't need your spin...

corgimom
36811
Points
corgimom 09/05/13 - 07:41 pm
0
1
"$2,000 apartments in West

"$2,000 apartments in West Augusta, Medical District, North Richmond, and the CBD will probably become the norm by 2020"

Hey, did you see the latest, the CBD has been officially designated as A SLUM????

corgimom
36811
Points
corgimom 09/05/13 - 07:42 pm
1
1
Countyman doesn't have the

Countyman doesn't have the faintest idea, the spread between a $900 and a $1500 apartment, in Augusta GA, is ridiculous.

triscuit
3223
Points
triscuit 09/06/13 - 09:01 am
0
0
I guess I'm old school. For

I guess I'm old school. For over $1000 a month you can buy a nice house. Unless you just don't want to keep a yard. Used to be an apartment was a first step toward home ownership. I just can't fathom spending that much for an apt. or living in an apt. all my life. Yep, old school I guess.

Riverman1
90742
Points
Riverman1 09/06/13 - 09:11 am
0
0
All Apartments Say They Are Luxury

Has any apartment complex ever been constructed that didn't describe itself as luxury apartments?

countyman
21303
Points
countyman 09/06/13 - 11:08 am
1
1
All apartments don't use

All apartments don't use words 'Class A' when started construction.

Corgimom... The Parc at Flowing Wells and Brigham Woods(recently built) are in the $900 to $1500 range..

It's funny my comments are based on facts, but you seem to think your opinion is so valid.

David Parker
7923
Points
David Parker 09/06/13 - 02:06 pm
1
1
Tell me about this

More apartments and less property owners = progress
(insert photo of willie wonka)

Gage Creed
18920
Points
Gage Creed 09/06/13 - 03:28 pm
1
1
"All apartments don't use

"All apartments don't use words 'Class A' when started construction."

They do if they are looking for the lowest interest rate....

countyman
21303
Points
countyman 09/06/13 - 05:51 pm
1
2
apartments

What apartments do you think will have the easiest time attracting tenants?

Riverwood/Greenbrier area(Evans).
Marshall Square(Evans)
Gateway shopping center(Grovetown)
CarMax area formerly Wheeler Town Park(West Augusta)
Village at Riverwatch(North Richmond)
Walton Way Extension(West Augusta)
Alexander road(North Richmond)
Tobacco rd/Ft Gordon entrance(South Augusta)

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs