Work starting on new Walton Way development

 

New development is coming to the downtown corner of Walton Way and 11th Street.

Once home to Top Notch Express car wash, the parcel at 1022 Walton Way is under development by Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial for a 14,500-square-foot center that has two confirmed tenants.

Integrity Medical, a local medical equipment and supplies company, is moving across Walton Way to anchor the center. It will join Augusta-based Diablo’s Southwest Grill, which is adding its second metro shop, said Davis Beman, the director of commercial real estate with Blanchard and Calhoun.

“Our hope for this neighborhood center is to attract a mix of professional, medical and retail users to support the growth in this area,” Beman said.

Three units, and about 4,000 square feet, remain available for lease in the center.

The nearly 2-acre property is owned by SBG Ventures LLC, which purchased the land in late 2010 for $310,000. The corporation is made up in part by the owner of Integrity Medical, Beman said.

The car wash was demolished about a year ago, and developers are moving old canal pipes from the property to accommodate the building and parking lot. Construction should begin within a month and be completed by the end of 2014 or early 2015, Beman said.

Beman said he’s talking to other service-oriented retail and general office prospects to fill the remaining space. There are additional plans to expand the building if warranted by demand, he said.

“We’ve had very good activity on it,” Beman said. “We feel like it will be up within a reasonable time due to the new judicial center and other activity that’s coming in around that.”

Beman, also working to bring a residential re-entry center for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to the corner of Walton Way and Seventh Street, said he hopes for gradual new construction in the area, which is saturated with older buildings and some vacant storefronts.

“I think that area is not going to change overnight, but I do think it’s going in the right direction,” he said. “Hopefully, people will see that there is opportunity, cheap land. If we can just assemble it and have the end-users then I think you’ll see a change.”

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