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Grocer-anchored center planned in Martinez

Friday, June 27, 2014 1:23 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 28, 2014 1:47 AM
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A new grocer-anchored shopping center is planned for Martinez, near the Interstate 20 exit.

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Jenna Martin
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Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Polestar Development has submitted a site plan that incorporates a 41,000-square-foot grocery store and 12,800 square feet in additional retail space at 300 S. Belair Road in Columbia County. A fast-food restaurant and fuel station also are targeted uses for the 15-acre commercial development, according to the property’s zoning application.

The developers, who, when reached this week by phone, declined to comment further about the project, are taking their plans before the Columbia County Commission during a regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday. They must receive approval to rezone the undeveloped tract from neighborhood-commercial district to general commercial district.

County planning commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning request earlier this month.

The development, which includes an out-parcel fronting South Belair Road, would back up to a row of homes in the Fox Run and Quail Creek subdivisions, but county planner Andrew Strickland said his department has gotten little negative feedback from neighbors.

The land sits on South Belair Road between I-20 and Columbia Road.

“Commercial development will inevitably abut residential areas, as this project does,” Strickland said. “Our goal is to ensure that any commercial development is scaled appropriately for its location, and that any activities that could potentially have negative effects on residential development are addressed early in the process.”

With the forthcoming influx of new residents to the area as a result of Fort Gordon’s new Army Cyber Command headquarters, Stickland said he predicts the South Belair Road and Jimmie Dyess Parkway corridor, in addition to the entire Grovetown area, will be a hot spot for developers in the years ahead.

“Commercial development and residential development can coexist very well,” Strickland said. “It’s important that we find the right balance.”

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 06/27/14 - 01:37 pm
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Location

This appears to be behind the liquor store, Backyard Tavern, and Yeong's convenience store? Will they be taken out? That's already a very busy road. Ahhhh progress.

eq2695
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eq2695 06/27/14 - 01:58 pm
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Walmart

Did you know Walmart Markets are exactly 41K sq ft..
Poor Food Lion wont survive on South Belair Im thinking.
Bilo will get hurt badly also.

countyman
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countyman 06/27/14 - 02:11 pm
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Martinez

This is good news.. The only major concern I have is the surrounding demographics... There's a lot of people traveling down South Belair road, but they're going to Evans, the Martinez part of Columbia rd, or the Grovetown address off Columbia road..

The area of South Belair between I-20/Columbia rd is full of older neighborhoods and the ghetto apartments behind Funsville.. The Food Lion shopping center is the only grocery store in the area and they still haven't renovated the center.. I know 41,000 square feet is not a big store, but Food Lion is struggling nationwide..

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/27/14 - 02:09 pm
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Yay!!

Columbia County wins again!!

LMH
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LMH 06/27/14 - 02:13 pm
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Who said anything about a

Who said anything about a WalMart? As far as I am concerned, the prices at Food Lion are way too high. They will just have to learn to compete or get out of the way. Looks like this will be right across the street from Chris' Nails. It abuts Forest Ct. and Quail Creek Road.

eq2695
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eq2695 06/27/14 - 02:20 pm
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Walmart

Ive been to some of the Walmart Markets and not impressed.The gas station I assume is going to be a Murphys so a little competition will help.Lets just hope Columbia County didnt give away tax breaks to Walmart.Now if we could just get an Aldi's out here.

raul
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raul 06/27/14 - 03:17 pm
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We have enough grocery stores

We have enough grocery stores and fast food restaurants.

LMB
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LMB 06/27/14 - 03:46 pm
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Not in my backyard!

As a long time resident of Fox Run subdivision and a local Realtor, I was not aware of this. The man who said there was little opposition by the residents is absurd, because it has not been known, until now. You can bet I will make sure every resident in Fox Run and Quail Creek will be made aware of this. It's bad enough trying to get out of our neighborhood from Holly rd and South Belair. Shame on you GREEDY Columbia County!!!

eq2695
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eq2695 06/27/14 - 03:42 pm
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Walmart

Walmart Markets will never be a real success because all their meats are cut and shipped here.You cant even get a ham sliced.Bilo probably has the best meat(angus) for the price but Publix is tops and top price too..
Iga in Grovetown displays beautiful meats but their beef is just select grade,pretty, but not choice.
I shop all the stores for their specials so the more the better for all.

eq2695
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eq2695 06/27/14 - 03:46 pm
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Walmart

Hope they dont put in a new traffic light

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/27/14 - 03:44 pm
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BamaMan, this is across from

BamaMan, this is across from Westmont Drive, down the street from the Tavern.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/27/14 - 03:47 pm
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"Shame on you GREEDY Columbia

"Shame on you GREEDY Columbia County!!!"

Can you explain "greedy"?

LMB
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LMB 06/27/14 - 04:23 pm
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My pleasure! Columbia County

My pleasure! Columbia County is being GREEDY, they are being selfish in desire for all this crazy growth. By not properly making sure the communities who will be impacted and having to deal with the extra traffic, noise and potential crime that could occur from such a development. We have not been made aware and given a choice, they are abusing their power. Just because there is a vacant lot, why can't it just be left for a buffer zone to protect the neighborhoods. Again GREED for wealth and power. Just because they can, doesn't mean they should. Another example...The cheaply built homes in a certain area of town. Going to be great in about 10 years or so when the foundations start crumbling and the wood starts rotting! But, that's for another debate for another place and time.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 06/27/14 - 04:21 pm
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Publix

Publix also averages 41,000 sq feet but I could see them building more in an area like Wrightsboro Road and Jimmy Dyess toward the Zaxbys or Lewiston Road and Columbia Road.

OutOfControl
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OutOfControl 06/27/14 - 05:30 pm
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Another development?

I am NOT in favor of yet ANOTHER development...especially so close to my home. Columbia County, I for one do not want this.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/27/14 - 05:54 pm
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LMB. Belair Rd has been a

LMB. Belair Rd has been a growing commercial corridor for many years now, so anyone should anticipate that empty land would be developed.

I still fail to see how the county is being greedy to allow commercial property to be developed for commercial use. We should welcome that as citizens who already pay enough in property taxes.

I recall the people of the neighborhoods across from the Walmart on Washington Road complaining about its impact back when it was built. The same applies; those people should have anticipated that commercial zones property wouldn't stay empty.

I empathize with your angst at getting more traffic, light, and noise. We were subjected to the same at our former location, so we did what people do when commercial development catches up to them, we moved farther out. Alas, I'm sure that in time, it will catch up to us here too; but that is the price you pay when you live in a rapidly growing community.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/27/14 - 06:10 pm
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I do agree that controlled

I do agree that controlled commercial development is preferable to the linear sprawl we see, but the county has its hands tied somewhat.

I recall several years back when the county presented a master plan that outlined more concentric growth, with Evans being the hub, and development spreading outward from that, resulting in a pattern that looks like a rifle target.

Sounds good, right? Owners of property outside of the bullseye raised holy hades. They speculatively bought properties long ago, which had been zoned commercial, and now would be destined to be unusable for commercial purposes until 100% development reached them.

This is my synopsis of that situation. If anyone remembers the details differently, better, or can add to the conversation, please jump in.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/14 - 06:18 pm
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The whole CSRA is trying to

The whole CSRA is trying to get grocery stores. Columbia County lands what sounds like a big one and people complain. I dunno?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/14 - 06:20 pm
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Ghetto Apartments?

Countyman said, "The area of South Belair between I-20/Columbia rd is full of older neighborhoods and the ghetto apartments behind Funsville.. "

What makes you call those apartments a ghetto? Is it the type residents? Can you clarify?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/27/14 - 06:52 pm
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Disparagement

Countyman is trying to make fun of this area of Columbia Co. with his disparaging remarks.

I will say that the area where this is proposed is fully developed and does not need another grocery store. But this predatory-style development is not about neighborhood needs, but instead is great sport to grocery store chains. They love to tell the stories as they smoke their cigars and drink their brandies about how they ran Chain A out of business on Belair Rd. It's like when Publix and BI-LO came to Furys Ferry Rd. and ran Winn-Dixie out of Business.

And it's like when Food Lion came to Furys Ferry Rd. @ Evans-to-Locks and tried to run BI-LO out of business (but instead, Food Lion got its own butt kicked). Too many grocery stores for the number of rooftops is not good development. It's predatory.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/14 - 07:06 pm
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Countyman Once Again Is Wrong

"Countyman is trying to make fun of this area of Columbia Co. with his disparaging remarks."

Of course he is and I take offense to him calling a particular location a ghetto no matter the race of the residents. I don't do that for the worst area of East Richmond County. If an area is a slum and crime ridden say it, but don't call an apartment place such a racist derogatory term unless you have evidence and I don't think there are any facts indicating this place is crime ridden or a slum no matter the race of the residents. Heck, I really believe most of the renters are white from the Fort. Countyman overstepped immensely.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/27/14 - 07:10 pm
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More Disparagement

Countyman might as well have used the term “redskin apartments.”

:-)

countyman
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countyman 06/27/14 - 08:54 pm
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Little Lamb... Please

Little Lamb... Please explain? Are the residents in AC or CC trying to be funny with their constant disparaging remarks about Richmond? The double standards on here are ridiculous.. Nobody can say anything related to Columbia County, but people can say whatever they choose to about Richmond..

Riverman.. Every single week somebody who lives in Columbia County will call a particular location in Richmond a ghetto.. Why don't you take offense any other time? Why do I have to offer evidence and they only have to offer an opinion? We listen to your sarcastic comments about places in Richmond County daily.. The apartments in East Augusta are ghettos except Walton Oaks and I seriously doubt you haven't used the word ghetto before on here.. I think you need to visit Ridge Crossing sometime if you believe the majority of renters are whites employed by Fort Gordon..

Facts...
1.. There's been shootings in/around Ridge Crossing..
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2010-07-02/police-seek-3r...

2. The Sprint gas station on South Belair had stopped letting people come into the store after 12am a while back, because they have been robbed numerous times.. Where do you think the suspects probably live?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/14 - 08:00 pm
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Maybe you have something

Maybe you have something there, Cman. In 2010 a resident was arrested for a crime who lived in that Columbia County apartment complex from your link. Do you have any evidence of me calling apartments in East Richmond County a ghetto?

countyman
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countyman 06/27/14 - 08:03 pm
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Runs for cover!!!!!

Why didn't anybody respond when Just My Opinion used the word ghetto to describe somewhere off Wrightsboro? Nobody asked him/her what neighborhood they were discussing or to supply any facts to back up their statements.. Fox Den and Heritage are pretty ghetto, but nobody force him/her to clarify the comment.. Were they referencing the entire area near the gas station or just Fox Den?

The irony is the club had just finished closing and people went to the gas station.. Many of those people don't live anywhere nearby..

The Ridge Crossing apartments in Martinez rents 2 br for $670.....

Nobody asked Just my opinion to clarify his/her statement and many of the apartments near the smart grocery on Wrightsboro are fine...
1. A 1 br apartment at Woodcrest off Sibley road is $679/$709..
2. A 1 br apartment at Woodhill off Jackson road is $750/$775..

bulldawg1
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bulldawg1 06/27/14 - 08:09 pm
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NO!NO!NO! This is a terrible

NO!NO!NO! This is a terrible idea and can someone please tell me the difference between neighborhood commercial vs general commercial. WAKE up Columbia County! NO more trees, grass or peaceful neighborhoods...unless you live in a certain area of Columbia County.

bulldawg1
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bulldawg1 06/27/14 - 08:09 pm
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NO!NO!NO! This is a terrible

NO!NO!NO! This is a terrible idea and can someone please tell me the difference between neighborhood commercial vs general commercial. WAKE up Columbia County! NO more trees, grass or peaceful neighborhoods...unless you live in a certain area of Columbia County.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/14 - 08:18 pm
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Don't Be Slamming Black Folks

Countyman, is the term "ghetto" a term that means the race of residents or not? You said another poster used that term for another area in Richmond County. Why didn't you call them on it? Is that right?

Are you saying the renters of Ridge Crossing are of a minority race in a derogatory way or do you admit you were wrong and most of the residents don't meet your implied derogatory description? Like I said, heck, I believe most of the residents are white? Don't be slamming black folks for something they have no part of.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/14 - 08:21 pm
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We have this story about a

We have this story about a grocery store shopping center coming to Columbia County and we have Countyman screaming. Hilarious.

whyme
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whyme 06/27/14 - 10:05 pm
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typical

This could have been the kind of discussion that I feel is appropriate in which intelligent adults could engage, providing opinions with which some may agree, others may disagree, but all comments presented logically and with thought. Instead, you have to have the usual people who post just to try to get a laugh, degrade others, and diminish the value of a decent discussion. This only goes to show their total ignorance and lack of the ability to interact appropriately with fellow citizens. You make this forum look as bad as the horrendous ones after news stories on the Huffington Post and other sites.
With that said, as a resident in a neighborhood relatively close to this area, I agree that this is the first that many people have likely heard of this plan. I wonder who will benefit from the development out of our commissioners and homebuilders in the area? The proposed site will replace a stretch of road and trees that likely will need more than just that area. The homes in the area are small but mean something to their residents. Yes, many of them are lower in monetary value relative to many of the larger, newer neighborhoods but that doesn't mean that they aren't of emotional value to the families. Many questions arise, some asked on here, and I would welcome answers from those in the know. As it is, it is difficult to get out onto S.Belair Rd. in the mornings, and the traffic will definitely increase. There will be little time to allow for clearance of traffic once one comes through the intersection of S. Belair and Wheeler Rds. before the shopping center arises. What will this mean for the peace of mind of all neighborhoods in the vicinity? I think about what happened to the area around Country Place and the neighborhoods by the library in Evans. Do we really want this for us in our area?

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