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Developer scraps Skinner Mill Road townhome proposal

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A developer hoping to build a townhome community on Skinner Mill Road said Friday he has changed plans after hearing concerns from neighbors.

Gary Gilmer, the president of Gilmer Development, met with Augusta Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson late Thursday and said he has decided to withdraw his rezoning request for a 66-unit townhome development on six acres of land at 3217 and 3221 Skinner Mill Road.

Wilson confirmed Gilmer told her of his intention to formally withdraw the request in person at the monthly city planning commission meeting Monday.

Neighbors have been worried the new development would increase traffic on Skinner Mill Road and drop property values. A petition signed by more than 100 homeowners opposed the request.

Gilmer said he will likely bring a new plan to the planning commission in July consisting of a gated, single-family cluster layout half the density of the townhome development.

Gilmer expects to spend $11.5 million on the project, but will market the homes at a higher sale price, he said.

“From day one, our goal has been to build a very nice product that we all could be proud of,” he said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/30/14 - 02:41 pm
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Half the density?

Hey, that's pretty slick. First propose a ridiculously terrible project that crams sixty-six dwellings onto six acres. Then, when opposition arises (as Gilmer knew it would), pretend to backpedal and present a project with only thirty-three dwellings on the six acres.

Five dwellings per acre is still too dense.

Back to the drawing board, Mr. Gilmer.

countyman
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countyman 05/30/14 - 03:06 pm
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Good & bad

Half the density may not automatically mean 33 homes..

''Gilmer expects to spend $11.5 million on the project but will market the homes at a higher sale price, he said.''

I like this part about the higher sale price.. Hopefully it's between $200,000 and $300,000...

''Gilmer said he intends to bring a new plan to the planning commission in July consisting of a gated, single-family cluster layout that is half the density of the townhome development.''

I'm not a fan of gated communities and Conifer Place, West Lake, etc would have the same property values without the gate.. Confier Place is probably the nicest place to live in the entire CSRA, but the gate represents nothing more than false security.

Butterman
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Butterman 05/30/14 - 03:45 pm
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Nothing Special
Unpublished

about Conifer Place. If that is the best place to live in the entire CSRA.. then that says a lot.

Pops
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Pops 05/30/14 - 03:47 pm
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Yeah....false security

It's a lot more safe to live downtown among the hipsters......nothing bad happens there.......

countyman
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countyman 05/30/14 - 04:11 pm
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Sad!!

Why are the same people consistently negative? They immediately respond to my comment and don't really care about the article..

Let me guess, there's nothing special about Conifer Place because it's located in Richmond County.

The CEO of Electrolux(before the company relocated from Martinez to Charlotte) lived in Confier Place and the current mayor of Augusta lives there..

The average HHI in the Augusta Exchange area(1 mile demographics) is over $80,000...

I love neighborhoods that can offer tree line streets and different types of architecture..
https://www.google.com/#q=Augusta+ga+3+Bristlecone+way&spell=1

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/30/14 - 04:17 pm
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Morose....

Hilton Head Island is now in the Augusta Exchange? Maybe that's why the Atlantic Bread Company opened a new store there?

Augz79
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Augz79 05/30/14 - 04:58 pm
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Clicked link, viewed

Clicked link, viewed streetview. Can confirm - nothing special.

I could care less which CEO lives there, or whether Mayor Deke lives there either. Unless someone was a stalker or Hyacinth Bouquet, why would they care where certain members of the hoity-toity class lives.

It's a forgettable subdivision regardless of which county it is in. That is the point the other poster was making.

countyman
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countyman 05/30/14 - 05:30 pm
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Sad!!

^^^^ Why are the same people consistently negative? They immediately respond to my comment and don't really care about the article..''

Why don't you give me the name of the neighborhood you think is special?

triscuit
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triscuit 05/30/14 - 05:38 pm
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This is standard MO for

This is standard MO for developers...try to pack in as many as possible, but have a back up plan all along.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/30/14 - 05:54 pm
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He's a developer...

He cares about making money...he had a back up plan all along. Any developer is the same way...county lines don't mean squat. If he could have built them in CC I'm sure he would have....

Augz79
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Augz79 05/30/14 - 06:28 pm
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Re: County

@Countyman: You are confusing lack of awe and wonder at generic Conifer Place with negativity towards Augusta. Non-notable architecture, lack of pedestrian amenities, a bunch of trees but the houses are still really spaced out and unimaginative. It's a bland generic suburban oasis for the WASPy Republican go-getter on the move. Nothing wrong with that, but don't come on here and start raving about it like it's a big deal. More character could be found in Augusta in your beloved CBD, Olde Town, or even the Hill.

countyman
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countyman 05/30/14 - 06:51 pm
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Carmax area

''If he could have built them in CC I'm sure he would have....''

The same developer is building new townhomes in the Carmax area, but on the CC side..

''Gilmer said he also plans this year to build 22 townhomes on a Columbia County parcel near the future Gander Mountain store.''

Augz79... Are you really comparing Confier Place against the normal suburban architecture found in the Riverwood Plantation subdivision in Evans? I can't believe you actually didn't bring up any neighborhood in CC, but I guess you realized it would be very difficult considering most represent normal suburban growth..

Augz79
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Augz79 05/30/14 - 08:39 pm
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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/30/14 - 09:21 pm
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I see what appears to be Developer support in the blog voting

I've never gotten that many TD's before and all I did was suggest people read the LAW.

Plus point out the South Side had it own issue to address.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/30/14 - 10:24 pm
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tree line (sic) streets?

tree line (sic) streets?

February 12, 2014
Augusta, GA

Most every street in the area was a tree lined street.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/30/14 - 11:50 pm
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My implication countyman

Was that he is in it for the money..if he could build in ANY county in the CSRA to make money he would. I wasn't downing RC or saying he should choose CC over RC.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/31/14 - 05:42 pm
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Connifer Place is

Connifer Place is nice.
http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Augusta-GA/pmf,pf_pt/10210_rid/days...

Jones Creek is, too. Personally, I prefer houses on golf courses.
http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Evans-GA-30809/pmf,pf_pt/71319_rid/...

But I don't know if you consider either neighborhood as a gated community like Westlake. Neither has manned guards at the gates...do they?

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