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

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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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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/23/14 - 10:54 pm
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Good news for Walton Way

That really IS good news. I drove on Walton Way yesterday and saw the old carwash area being worked on. I also passed the ugliest house on the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Blvd - across the street from the Judicial Center - what an eye sore - if it leans much more it'll fall over by itself. I have high hopes that this building will disappear soon, together with a lot of awful looking landscape across the street from that fancy new Judicial Center. Certainly gives the wrong impression for those that pass by and see both sides of the street.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/14 - 01:50 pm
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Half-Way House

Another half way house? I thought Mrs. Copenhaver's company had a house in Laney Walker that would be used as a half-way house.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/14 - 01:54 pm
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Judicial Center Out of Place, But You Knew That

The Judicial Center in THAT neighborhood is as out of place as if a Close Encounters of the Third Kind UFO had landed. Hopefully, the environment around the Center will change with time.

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 01:54 pm
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Urban redevelopment = Major private sector growth

The Medical District, Laney Walker, Harrisburg, Olde Town, Summerville, and Midtown should all have their own amenities separate from the CBD..

The GRU Gateway project in the Medical District includes the Chick Fil A opening on Walton Way and the grocery store, green space, restaurants and hotels..

The $11 million 4 story Canalside begins construction soon in the CBD at 1399 Walton Way...

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 02:07 pm
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Proactive!!!

''The Judicial Center in THAT neighborhood is as out of place as if a Close Encounters of the Third Kind UFO had landed. Hopefully, the environment around the Center will change with time.''

The city of Augusta is actually being progressive and not waiting for the environment to change by itself.. The judicial center is located right next to the major improvements happening in Laney Walker and Bethlehem.. Let's hope the hotel tax can be expanded to clean up the older parts of South Augusta(Regency Mall area, Southgate, etc)in the near future..

OJP
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OJP 05/23/14 - 02:08 pm
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@Riverman1

I'm sure one of the reasons that the Judicial Center was put there was precisely to spur development.

This is great news (and evidence that the decision was a good one).

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/23/14 - 06:23 pm
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What is this possible?

We voted down the SPLOST
we were told every penny of the Engineering Dept $50M was needed to fix ARC.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 06:27 pm
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Hilarious..

How could one be so inept to consider that Canalside would be in the CBD (HRUMPTF) Clearly the CBD limits are 13th Street and east back to Gordon Highway.

This development is clearly not in the CBD!

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 07:16 pm
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Fact

The same people claimed the CBD didn't even exist a while back...

How can the boundaries of anywhere only point east/west?

The official boundaries of the CBD are 13th street, Savannah River, Gordon Hwy, and Walton Way...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 07:28 pm
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Observe, my geographically

Observe, my geographically challenged padawan, 1399 Walton Way is west of 13th Street.

And the property you keep mentioning is NOT inside those boundaries....

Last, but not least, sarcasm. You should look it up.

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 07:48 pm
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Trivial!!!

I already know that 1399 Walton Way is slightly west of 13th street, but the Canalside is located inside three of the four boundary points(Walton Way, Savannah River, Gordon Hwy)..

The most important thing is the development will bring additional residents and businesses to the urban core..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 07:55 pm
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You make no sense... the

You make no sense... the location is near the Peabody Apartments not near 13th Street. This property is located where Lawton B. Evans used to be.

I'm sure you have no idea of Lawton B. Evans....

You might want to consult a map...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/14 - 07:56 pm
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OJP said,."I'm sure one of

OJP said,."I'm sure one of the reasons that the Judicial Center was put there was precisely to spur development."

Well, hopefully it will help, as I said, but remember how the location was debated along racial lines by the Commission for about 8 years? That's how it ended up there.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/23/14 - 09:11 pm
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Medical District

Countyman posted:

The $11 million 4 story Canalside begins construction soon in the CBD at 1399 Walton Way...

Gage Creed correctly pointed out that this address is not in the Central Business District. Countyman, you could bring accuracy to the conversation if you just amend your post to say:

The new development will be in the Medical District. It's all good.

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 09:23 pm
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Irony!!!

Lol... The same people who didn't even acknowledge the CBD existed in the past, they now want to inform me on the boundaries...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 10:01 pm
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Topographical Disorientation!!!!

Funny how some have a convenient memory... when challenged about crime in the CBD (River Ridge Apartments)..who was quick to point out that this apartment complex is not in the CBD.

When caught in an exaggeration, the same topographically challenged individual claims intimate knowledge of the boundaries, yet can't accept that they are wrong...

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 10:42 pm
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Funny

I don't remember saying anything related to any crime at River Ridge and the complex is located on 13th street. The same few people always respond to my positive comments, because they want everybody to believe Augusta is so horrible..

I hope you can accept the fact that your wrong about the Infiniti of Augusta.. You immediately responded to my comment in the other article(Washington Crossing shopping center), because I mentioned the new location of the Infiniti of Augusta...

I guess you didn't hear the new location is under construction, because you rushed to comment how the company is currently located at 3069 Washington road..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 11:09 pm
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Hilarious!!!

I'm sure you don't remember the comment on River Ridge just like you don't remember commenting that Rural Sourcing was located in the CBD, when the Enterprise Mill is also outside of the boundaries of the CBD.

But, that's your MO...

It seems you fail to understand the logic of a business moving from a LARGE space and leaving it empty.... to moving to a space that is probably 1/4 the size of where the business presently is. And then you bloviate as if this is some kind of victory?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 11:18 pm
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Hilarious!!!

Old Space

https://www.google.com/maps/place/3069+Washington+Rd/@33.513526,-82.053281,3a,75y,10.35h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sl8o8J7Rinhlkmpi62r92EA!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f9d2973f490ccb:0xff1d94126b740436!6m1!1e1

nortonguy dream space

https://www.google.com/maps/place/3315+Washington+Rd/@33.515815,-82.068679,3a,75y,5.88h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sk-eoBConH-4iaefEllT1dw!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f9d2e96565915d:0x7e1c377adca7bec1!6m1!1e1

countyman
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countyman 05/24/14 - 02:24 am
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Weird!!!

''It seems you fail to understand the logic of a business moving from a LARGE space and leaving it empty.... to moving to a space that is probably 1/4 the size of where the business presently is. And then you bloviate as if this is some kind of victory?''

What do you care so deeply about me sharing the construction happening in Augusta?

It seems you fail to understand the logic of a business located in a thriving part of town and them wanting to correctly promote their image...

''The building will have a natural stone and glazed glass facade and conform to Infiniti’s new design standards. Monson said the current facility is too large and doesn’t offer the “luxury feel” promoted by Infiniti.''

The property is clearly going to be more upscale and will fit right in with the nearby Mercedez Benz of Augusta.. The Infiniti of Augusta is hiring 20 additional workers and increasing their inventory from 135 to 200 cars while moving into the new smaller building... The new building is over 20,000 sq. ft. compared to the existing 50,000 sq. ft. property...

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/24/14 - 06:20 am
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A few maps seems to define the CBD

To me (ME) it is JUST Broad St. 4th to 12th
Yes I know officially it it wider and longer.

Who cares......?

It is just a POLITICAL designation to garner channel funding.

Here a one that could use some DOWNTOWN FUNDING
The South Side Business District (SSBD) US-25 from Scott Rd to Bobby Jones.

With all the future South Side business development on the books to occur in the next year, why haven't we seen improvements in Traffic flow & patterns implemented to assist these businesses?

Is the WEST SIDE BD and the ACBD only to be addressed?

There are number of things that could be inexpensively done to assist these new and future SSBD businesses.

DOWNTOWN Where is the list of what ARC plans to do to promote RE-GROWTH of the SSBD?

Something we can point to and say "Yep they have not overlooked the SSBD again".

I won't hold my breath.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/24/14 - 06:32 am
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The Ruff House certainly

The Ruff House certainly draws lots of people into the city on almost a daily basis. The courts are booming.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/24/14 - 07:32 am
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Gage Creed, I love your

Gage Creed, I love your posts, they make me laugh! Keep them coming!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/24/14 - 07:32 am
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They located the courthouse

They located the courthouse where most of its clients are located, to make it easier on them to come to court.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/24/14 - 07:37 am
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Chick Fil A= urban

Chick Fil A= urban redevelopment

You cannot make this stuff up!

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/24/14 - 10:39 am
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Facts are pesky things....

So you are telling me that this business is moving .9 of a mile up Washington Road to a much smaller facility, probably smaller in fact than the used car lot 2 spaces over. Yet you still want to tell all about how great this is? What of that 50K sq. ft. empty lot right next door to the Mercedes Benz dealership?

(SMH)

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