Grading work has started on a 7-acre parcel at 1315 Marks Church Road that will add 10 three-story apartment buildings to the property, said local developer T.R. Reddy.
The gated complex, named Sage Creek Apartments, abuts both Bobby Jones Expressway and the Kroger on Wrightsboro Road.
Reddy said the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments will be rented at market rate. He has owned the property since 1999.
Though he’s developed several hotels throughout the Augusta
area, Reddy said the Sage Creek project marks his first apartment community.
He is investing about $9 million in the development.
Reddy said apartments were a good fit for the site because the location is in walking distance of the mall and neighboring shopping centers.
“It’s going to be very well-landscaped,” he said.
Reddy said he plans to add about 150 trees back to the property during the construction phase.
The lot, which is next to Oakwood Village apartments, is among a few pieces of vacant land that can be developed on Marks Church Road.
Farther down the road, a 124-room Residence Inn by Marriott is being planned at 1116 Marks Church Road. The four-story hotel, under development by PeachState Hospitality, of Warner Robins, Ga., is expected to be ready by spring of 2015.