Parking discussion scheduled

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Talks about a downtown parking proposal will go forward next month between the Richmond County commissioners and the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta.

A workshop is scheduled Jan. 24 with county commissioners, who must ultimately approve any changes to the downtown parking ordinance, said Margaret Woodard, executive director for the downtown group.

Commissioners considered the plan this fall but voted to send it back to their finance committee for further study. Woodard said the workshop will give the DDA a chance to present the plan and answer any questions commissioners have.

The DDA has been examining the downtown parking situation for more than five years upon a commission request.

The latest proposal would give the downtown organization power to enforce parking rules and write tickets, something the Richmond County Sheriff's Office now does.

A previous proposal by the group to install parking meters downtown was met with widespread resistance from merchants and was scrapped.

"We've got to be able to come up with a plan where everyone says, 'I can live with that,' " said board member Rick Allen, who owns downtown business R.W. Allen. "We've got a variety of interests."

Although the plan has seen revisions, board members said they believe a solution is possible.

"We just want to do what's best for the community," said DDA Chairman Steven Kendrick after the group's Thursday meeting.

Reach Erin Zureick at (706) 823-3217 or erin. zureick@augustachronicle.com.

Work on condos goes forward

Downtown Development Authority members also were told that work completing 34 new condos in the White's Building downtown likely will go forward at the beginning of the year.

Miami-based developer CML-GA WD LLC, a subsidiary of Rialto Capital Advisors, is an owner of the 936 Broad St. condo project. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. maintains an equity stake in the project as well.

There were still two floors of condos unfinished in December 2008 when Atlanta-based Haven Trust Bank, which held the building's construction loan, failed. Ground level office space and one floor of condos were finished. The building remains occupied.

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beenthere done that
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beenthere done that 12/10/10 - 03:54 am
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i have lived in downtown

i have lived in downtown Augusta for over 30 years i do bussiness down town Ive done bussiness in every 1 of the stores on broad street the parking is not the problem its the people that are panhandlers and gangs I myself was mugged by 4 men @ gun point keep the loitering down the prostitutes off the corners and allow people to go and buy the stuff that they want Broad st has to many bussiness' that require walking 2 or 3 blocks to take care of business that require more than 30mins to complete and its easier to park in 1 spot and walk from store to store parking meters would raise money but it didnt work in the 70s it will not work now parking meters will make it where people will park farther away and walk farther making them targets for muggins and rapes aswell as personal assalts if anything is done theres alot of places on ellis st to park pull out the old trolley cars do away with all parking and turn every empty building into a bar and go ahead and finish nailing the coffin lid shut on downtown development

blues550
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blues550 12/10/10 - 10:05 am
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Let's have enough people
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Let's have enough people downtown that there really is a parking problem. With the exception of The Book Tavern we don't do much shopping downtown but we are there all the time to enjoy the numerous restaurants and bars. Downtown has some of the greatest local places to eat and drink, and the music scene is fantastic...and the attractions from the Augusta History Museum to The Imperial are outstanding.

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reality_bites 12/10/10 - 03:27 pm
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I'm all for metered parking.

I'm all for metered parking. Maybe those of us actually going downtown to shop will have a place to park that is not 1 mile away from the store we want to shop at. Letting people park all day in front of a commercial establishment should not be allowed. When you go to other cities and are in their downtown, you have metered parking! What is the big deal? It is not like you are going to be shopping for 8 hours.

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Brad Owens 12/10/10 - 08:24 pm
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This is not about parking,

This is not about parking, this is about creating a revenue source for the DDA.

Brad

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Brad Owens 12/10/10 - 08:29 pm
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"We just want to do what's

"We just want to do what's best for the community," said DDA Chairman Steven "What-25grand-yu-tawking-bout?" Kendrick after the group's Thursday meeting.

Oh yeah Steve? Then dissolve the DDA.

Brad

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