Public urged to attend master plan meeting at Josey

Plans for redevelopment of 15th Street from Calhoun to Regency Mall

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Tonight is the public’s first opportunity to weigh in on a plan to redevelop 15th Street from John C. Calhoun Expressway to Regency Mall.

The “priority corridor” of the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda, a master plan for development outside downtown Augusta, is the topic of a 6:30 p.m. public meeting, to be held at T.W. Josey High School, 1701 15th St.

Intending to build on the successes of the downtown/North Augusta “Westobou” master plan, the Augusta Commission financed the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda in 2009 at a cost of $500,000.

The event today will “provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in a discussion and interactive exercise to share views about pedestrian safety, job creation, and the development of affordable housing and quality retail services over time” along the 4 1/2-mile route, according to a news release by a public relations firm hired with help from a $1.8 million federal grant to promote the plan.

Objectives include developing prototypical projects, roads with bike paths, and green, affordable housing. The program, now headed by Augusta Sustainable Development Manager John Paul Stout “is committed to an engaging process,” it said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/29/12 - 01:14 pm
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Factories

Much of that corridor is more suitable for industrial activity, not housing and retail. We've got too much housing and too many vacant storefronts now.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/29/12 - 01:31 pm
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So how good of a project is

So how good of a project is it if it needs a $1.8+ million dollars worth of promotion and it's own public relations firm? Way to go taxpayers. The public relations firm thanks you.

And we spent $500,000 on a plan that appears to be mostly buzzwords.

"sustainable" - government and consultant speak for "there's no way in heck we can pay for this"

"green, affordable housing" - Section 8 built with recyled tires???

"quality retail services " - who the heck knows what that means?. Is that like a high class nail salon?

"developing prototypical projects" - huh?

"roads with bike paths" - for $500,000 that the first concrete thing they have said.

This don't sound like much of a plan. This sounds like a Miss American contestant saying "I'm in favor of world peace".

Is this the same $500,000 plan that said "discourage development south of Spirit Creek"????? (unsaid - while raising their taxes on their vacant "residential" land to pay for all this stuff we are doing in other parts of the "City of Augusta")

I think all of the folks "south of Spirit Creek" should attend this meeting and recommend relocating this entire project to run down Hwy 25 from Tobacco Rd to Hwy 88. We could stand some "prototypical projects" out this way....whatever they heck they are. Even if they are nothing but buzzwords, that is more than we are getting from the 'City of Augusta" now. The only words we get are 'buzz off".

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 03:12 pm
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Good Place for the Meeting

"Intending to build on the successes of the downtown/North Augusta “Westobou” master plan, the Augusta Commission financed the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda in 2009 at a cost of $500,000."

LOL....You can't make these studies up. So we have to encourage the public to attend a meeting to discuss the plan? I guess that's better than letting it sit on the shelf forever. If anyone attends the meeting at Josey High School, they REALLY care about this plan. Such a good setting for the meeting.

Tullie
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Tullie 08/29/12 - 04:18 pm
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Wow

Baffle them with Bull Scat.

The thing for our young to do is go into making plans that mean nothing; but the upside is you get paid really well for doing them. I have seen companies that have them done over and over and never use them..

I am glad they gave such notice on the date time of this meeting. What, did they just decide to call it late last night?

countyman
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countyman 08/29/12 - 06:49 pm
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The city spent $500k, and

The city spent $500k, and received $1.8 million dollars in return...

7 out of the 11 creation projects are located in South Augusta...

Four of the seven projects in South Augusta are beyond south of spirit Creek..

The $1.8 million grant is for the 15th street/MLK/Deans Bridge rd corridor, and Josey is located off 15th street... What's going to happen at a meeting because it's at Josey? Everybody doesn't stay in their cul de sac all the time, and not visit other parts of town..

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 08/29/12 - 08:34 pm
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If you build it they will

If you build it they will come....and tear it down , just like Regency Mall.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 08/29/12 - 08:53 pm
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I'm a cynic.

Sorry, but that's how I feel about anything with the word "sustainable" in front of it.
Bottom line, this is another "dog and pony show" with the results laid out already, that no amount of so-called "public" input will impact one iota...can you say GRU?.....

countyman
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countyman 08/29/12 - 08:58 pm
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The Kroc Center is still

The Kroc Center is still standing in Harrisburg, and Olde Town is now attracting families instead of singles.. The GDOT had plans to widen 15th street before, and now TSPLOST was passed..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/29/12 - 09:19 pm
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Lottery tickets will be

Lottery tickets will be purchased tomorrow....if it snows people will bum rush the supermarket for bread and milk...that same telemarketer that calls my phone everyday will call tomorrow...and now gas has passed

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/29/12 - 11:04 pm
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"and now TSPLOST was

"and now TSPLOST was passed"

Which means:

EVERYTHING IS CHEAPER IN NORTH AUGUSTA

FILL UP YOUR TANK AND YOUR SHOPPING CART IN NORTH AUGUSTA

LESS TAX MEANS MORE FOR YOUR MONEY IN NORTH AUGUSTA

SAME STUFF, LESS MONEY IN NORTH AUGUSTA

NEW CAR SALES TAX....DON'T YOU WISH YOU LIVED IN NORTH AUGUSTA

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/30/12 - 04:23 am
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The Kroc Center was paid for

The Kroc Center was paid for by a charitable foundation and charitable donations.

countyman
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countyman 08/30/12 - 11:28 am
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The Kroc center was paid for

The Kroc center was paid for by the Salvation Army and the local community.. The point was the building attracts hundreds of people daily to Harrisburg, and is helping improve the area...

Building something nice in less desirable areas can work and exist..

I think somebody may want to ride around the Augusta mall, Augusta Exchange, CBD, Washington rd, Surrey Center, I-520 near Sams, Village at Riverwatch, etc if you think Augusta and North Augusta have the 'same thing'....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/30/12 - 12:03 pm
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North Augusta

Dichotomy wrote:

LESS TAX MEANS MORE FOR YOUR MONEY IN NORTH AUGUSTA

Then Countyman told us we couldn't get the same stuff in North Augusta.

Well, I've already started getting my gasoline once a week in North Augusta because it's cheaper. When January 1 rolls around, I plan to buy my groceries, household items, clothing, and hardware in North Augusta. One should not pay the TSPLOST if one does not have to.

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