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Work to start soon on extended-stay hotel near Augusta Exchange

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The construction of a Marriott extended-stay hotel on Marks Church Road is pegged to begin next month, according to project developers.

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With an anticipated starting time in mid-February, the work on the 124-room Residence Inn by Marriott is scheduled to be finished in a year and ready in time for the 2015 Masters Tournament, said Bipin Hira, of PeachState Hospitality, the developer and managing company.

“That’s our goal,” Hira said. “That’s the reason we’re rushing it, too.”

The four-story building is planned at 1116 Marks Church Road near the Bobby Jones Expressway interchange and Wheeler Road. The location, between Augusta Mall and Augusta Exchange shopping center, is ideal for its visibility and proximity to Fort Gordon and area nuclear facilities, Hira said.

The project, expected to cost more than $15 million, will be geared toward a corporate clientele and will include social events, an indoor swimming pool and interior room entry, Hira said.

Ripal & Rupal LLC purchased the 3.6-acre parcel for $2 million in September 2011, according to the city’s property records.

The company also owns 2.7 acres next to the future hotel’s lot, but Hira said there are no plans to develop that site.

“We’re just going to grade it and we’re going to sit back on it, maybe a restaurant or something,” he said, “or it could be another hotel.”

On Jan. 6, Hira received a special exception from the Augusta Planning Commission to proceed with the project but must first get approval from the Augusta Commission on Jan. 21 and meet all requirements of the new stormwater management plan before construction can begin.

Despite concerns about crime and more flooding from two neighbors living behind the property in Kingston subdivision, the only objection to the motion came from Planning Commissioner Sonny Pittman, who worried about the area’s ongoing water runoff problems.

“I’m just of the opinion that we need to get those things fixed before we add to the problem,” Pittman said after the meeting.

Countering any unease felt from residents, Hira said that a retention pond will be added to the site to address stormwater issues. He said that the hotel will consist of one- and two-bedroom suites and will only offer daily rates, not weekly or monthly charges.

The Residence Inn will employ between 35 and 40 workers.

PeachState Hospitality has developed more than 34 franchise and independent lodging properties throughout the Southeast. The Warner Robins, Ga.-based firm has 10 hotels under development or construction.

This is the first project developed by the company in the metro Augusta market.

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corgimom
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corgimom 01/14/14 - 08:19 pm
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"He said that the hotel will

"He said that the hotel will consist of one- and two-bedroom suites and will only offer daily rates, not weekly or monthly charges."

Yeah, sure. I have yet to see a hotel that won't quote a weekly rate, they love long stays, it's cheaper for them.

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nocnoc 01/14/14 - 09:45 pm
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C-Mon is right, ROI / $$$$ always changes the rules.

Besides why is the Headline titled "Work to start soon on extended-stay hotel near Augusta Exchange?

Wiki Quote
"Some of the economy chains attract clientele who use the hotels as semi-permanent lodging."

Statistically speaking the area around the Hotel in 5 years will change dramatically.

Look no further than other Extended Stay type hotels we have now in ARC. eg. Washington Rd & I-20 area.

countyman
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countyman 01/14/14 - 11:42 pm
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Augusta Exchange= best chance for the metro's first edge city

The growth in/around the Augusta Exchange is AMAZING and the AE will become the first edge city in metro Augusta.. The AE is one of the richest areas in the entire CSRA.. The upscale neighborhoods on Wheeler road are right down the street. The area will definitely change for the better over the next five years because of the upscale demographics.. The new Home2Suites is located right behind the Regal theater. The hotel is extended stay and easily one of the nicest hotels in the CSRA by far..

The Augusta Exchange is booming!! Hopefully the city will create two/three signs to create an sense of place and build the urban park on Wheeler road near Shell gas station..
1. 44,000 SQ. FT. of additional office space on West Wheeler Parkway
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4576
2. Northwestern Mutual new building
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22130348@N06/11216642275/sizes/o/in/photost...
3. Augusta Orthopedic Specialist new building
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4517
4. New office building
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4495

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 12:01 am
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Nice hotels

The nice hotels are in demand and they have the advantage over the cheaper hotels.. They definitely wouldn't support every guest staying in the hotels for weeks.. The nice hotels will change the rates of the same hotel room any particular week or month. I believe over 5,000 people stay in the different hotels throughout Richmond County each night..

The recently built extended stay hotels aren't cheap(over $100)... The Hilton and Marriott brands are behind the recently built hotels in West Augusta. The Home2suites, Homewood Suites, and now the Residence Inn...

The majority of the hotels(several extended stay) on Washington rd are either mid-range or upscale(Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Homewood Suites, Jameson Suites, Sheraton, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express)..

The few older cheap hotels on Washington rd aren't really extended stay in the traditional sense or Hilton/Marriott hotels.. They weren't built for the business community in Augusta. The Knights Inn, Motel 6, etc were built decades ago and the owners have to make an profit.. They allow people to rent out the rooms for weeks or months. The current Hampton Inn is being replaced with an brand new 5 story Hampton Inn. The rest of the older hotels will all be renovated/redeveloped/demolished sooner or later.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/14/14 - 11:35 pm
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Don't Think It Gets Past Number One

Good luck with the edge city thing, but that area appears to be light years away from any such designation.

Garreau, the person who defined edge cities established five rules for a place to be considered an edge city:

1. The area must have more than five million square feet of office space (about the space of a good-sized downtown)

2. The place must include over 600,000 square feet of retail space (the size of a large regional shopping mall)

3. The population must rise every morning and drop every afternoon (i.e., there are more jobs than homes)

4. The place is known as a single end destination (the place "has it all;" entertainment, shopping, recreation, etc.)

5. The area must not have been anything like a "city" 30 years ago (cow pastures would have been nice)

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 12:20 am
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Augusta Exchange

I've posted the information regarding the edge city before.. The Augusta Exchange meets every single requirement except for number 1.

1... The office space includes Doctors Hospital, T-mobile, ADP, Wheeler Executive Center, WOW, Social Security, the Atrium, Walton Crossing, etc... The demographics of the Augusta Exchange will continue to attract larger companies..

2.. The Augusta Exchange is easily over 1 million

3.. The 1 mile residential population is only 6,500 and that probably extends into Columbia County. The number of jobs at Doctors alone is between 1500 and 2000...

4. The Augusta Exchange offers shopping, recreation, housing, dining, Regal theater, healthcare, nightlife, lodging, major employment center, etc..

5. The Augusta Exchange didn't open until 1997..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/15/14 - 07:18 am
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I guess anything is better

I guess anything is better than trying to improve downtown. Start over out in a better area.

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TrukinRanger 01/15/14 - 07:40 am
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I've worked for a Residence
Unpublished

I've worked for a Residence Inn out west and loved it. The Marriott brand has high standards and I miss working for them. We had a lot of people staying that were relocating to the area, in temporary housing due to various reasons but insurance companies used us after home fires or other disasters. The Residence Inn is not a place for troublemakers to come "live".

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seenitB4 01/15/14 - 09:04 am
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Booming area

I will agree that is a booming area...nice restaurants nearby & shopping....,yes, I find myself agreeing with ctyman......this could be something big..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/15/14 - 09:33 am
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Traffic Circle

You cannot have a proper edge city without a prominent traffic circle.

I will offer my opinion that the layout of the Augusta Exchange shopping center is terrible. One long road (Daniel Parkway) running along a massive parking lot with stores on both sides. Bottlenecks occur during the afternoon rush.

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 11:16 am
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CBD is on fire

The CBD in 2014 is obviously the better area to invest into compared to Martinez.. The private developers are flocking downtown because of the demographics.. The Martinez area is located between West Augusta/Evans and still can't attract major investments along Washington road.. The Martinez section of Washington road(Pleasant Home to Club Car) needs all the improvements it can get.. How can West Augusta attract Whole Foods/$20 million Sheraton and Martinez gets the Discount Tire/Carolina Pottery?

Recent job Growth in Martinez?
Urban Outfitters Call center

Recent job Growth in the CBD?
Rural Sourcing
Zapata Technology
Augusta Lung Associates
Southpoint Media

The Sprint Food & Metro Market(includes Sprint corporate offices) is underway on Broad and 400 jobs could be coming to Discovery Plaza(old Fort Discovery.. The sarcastic remarks about the CBD won't change the facts on the ground..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/15/14 - 12:46 pm
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Glad Richmond County Got Extended Stay Motel

Glad Richmond County got another extended stay motel. They provide cheap living quarters for some. Those are needed by Richmond County, along with the apartments. Frankly, we are looking for different things out here in Columbia County. Y'all can have the extended stay motels, bars and hipster crowd as some call them. Thank's to Richmond County for providing good jobs for Columbia County folks, too.

Demographics for Martinez vs. Augusta:

http://www.usa.com/martinez-ga.htm

http://www.usa.com/augusta-richmond-county-consolidated-government-ga.htm

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/15/14 - 12:48 pm
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Extended Stay

Something about the story is kind of weird. The headline and the first paragraph call the proposed hotel extended-stay, but later in the story the developer says that the hotel will only offer daily rates, not weekly or monthly charges.

I thought that weekly and monthly rates would be in the very definition of extended-stay hotel.

It does not matter, really. This real estate developer who made that statement will have no role in the day-to-day operation or management of the hotel. He should not make such a worthless promise to the Augusta Planning Commission.

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 12:48 pm
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Facts

Please name one Residence Inn by Marriott that provides 'cheap' living?

The Residence Inn by Marriott located in Macon starts at $100 per night and Augusta is an more lucrative market..
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcnri-residence-inn-macon/

None of the recently built hotels in the county have been 'motels'... The Gordon Hwy/I-520 area of South Augusta even attracted the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and Hampton Inn..

Please name any recently built cheap apartments in RC? All of the recent communities are located in West Augusta and the Parc at Flowing Wells for example is very expensive.

Many apartments communities are popping up in Columbia County.. The Gateway area outside of Grovetown couldn't get the outlet mall and their building apartments near the Gateway... The Riverwood Plantation community in Evans will be the home of new apartments.. The residential underway at Marshall Square consist of apartments for senior citizens..

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 12:54 pm
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Demographics

The link for Martinez includes the Martinez in Columbia County and the Martinez 'address' in Richmond County...

Let's compare Martinez versus West Augusta, North Richmond, Summerville, or Forest Hills...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/15/14 - 01:01 pm
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Edge City

Okay, countyman again is excited about the area at Bobby Jones and Wheeler Rd. becoming an “edge city,” whatever that is. Countyman is calling the edge city Augusta Exchange, but I think that would be a terrible name for new city. Who in their right mind would name a city after a shopping center?

Surely we Chronicle commenters can come up with a name more suitable than Augusta Exchange. Countyman has already struck out with his terrible “North Richmond” moniker for the Costco plaza, which is located in the area known by residents as West Augusta for a hundred years.

One thing for sure, don't let Ricky Ricardo Azziz name the new edge city.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/15/14 - 01:16 pm
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Let's compare anything to anything

Let's compare anything to anything. I simply pointed out the demographics of what you were talking about, which was Martinez, to Augusta. If you want to break it down more, have at it. But somewhere along this line of reasoning it's going to look bad for Richmond County because its demographics are so poor compared to Columbia County. You're on the wrong track if you think I'm in any way negative about West Augusta. It's a tremendous place. It's so good it should try to break away from Richmond County and join us.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/15/14 - 01:22 pm
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What Should We Call This, LL?

Since Countyman has come up with this designation of everything north of Riverwatch in Richmond County and taken it from West Augusta, by calling it North Richmond County, maybe Columbia County could do that too. Let's take all housing on the north side of Furys Ferry Rd to the river and use it to compare things with. That's West Lake, Rhodes Hill, Point Comfort, houses on the river and the houses around Savannah Rapids Pavilion. What should we name it, LL?

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 01:24 pm
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Edge City

The Perimeter Center area in metro Atlanta shares the name with the Perimeter Mall...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perimeter_Center

The city of Augusta needs to concentrate on making the AE more pedestrian friendly(sidewalks, bike lanes, etc). The urban park on Wheeler road could become the local gathering place(town center) and the private developers can build around the park..

The private investment in the AE is great but you don't want to create another bland Washington road(no trees, landscaping, greenery).. The Augusta National had to create the green parking lot and the urban forest on Washington road to help beautify the street...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/15/14 - 01:40 pm
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Countyman, Get An Erector Set

Countyman, you have a lot of interest in this edge city thing. Why don't you get an Erector Set and make all kinds of designs. Take a picture of your best design and send it to the Chronicle. You can name it whatever you want. How about Countyman's Corner? If your design is not accepted, just break it down, mix up the pieces, and make another one.

countyman
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countyman 01/15/14 - 01:41 pm
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Demographics

The article is related the Augusta Exchange which is located in West Augusta.. Nobody mentioned anything regarding the demographics of the entire county.. The overall demographics of Columbia County are better and nobody is denying the obvious. Why do you always feel the need to mention the same comment? The demographics of Fayette County are much better than Fulton overall. The wealth in Buckhead and North Fulton are still apart of Fulton County.

Why would the residents of West Augusta want to join up with Grovetown or Harlem? The different areas have nothing in common... Grovetown is growing and expanding but the area is opening another IGA(KJ Market).. What does IGA have in common with the new Whole Foods?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/15/14 - 02:31 pm
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Why would the residents of

Why would the residents of West Augusta want to join up with Columbia County? Is that a serious question?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/15/14 - 03:02 pm
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Silly Names

Thanks for the Wikipedia link, Countyman. I guess giving these edge cities silly names is in vogue. The article talked about an edge city near Atlanta named Pill Hill because it is centered by three hospitals and hundreds of doctors’ offices.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/16/14 - 10:55 am
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Edge City

= a nice band name if nothing else.

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