Corridor plan gains financing

$1.8 million grant to help further goal

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The priority corridor designated in Augusta's new Sustainable Development Agenda received a shot in the arm Wednesday with the announcement of a $1.8 million grant award.

The grant, jointly funded by the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, targets the agenda's "priority development corridor," an area reaching from John C. Calhoun Expressway downtown to the former Regency Mall.

Though the money can't be used to cover the cost of drafting the agenda, for which Augusta paid Boston-based Shields Design LLC nearly $500,000, it will go toward paying designated entities to implement the plan's goals.

The grant's local match includes $750,000 from local-option sales tax funds and more than $400,000 in in-kind services provided by Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission and Augusta Tomorrow Inc., according to grant submission documents prepared on the city's behalf by development-consulting firm Melaver-McIntosh.

The bulk of the grant will go toward creating a detailed land-use plan for transit-oriented neighborhoods bordering the corridor, and for reconfiguring its central roads to make them more pedestrian, bicycle, bus and car friendly, said Augusta Planning Director Paul DeCamp, who helped author the grant submission.

The corridor, which traces 15th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Deans Bridge Road, is one of Augusta's most centrally located areas, and one of its poorest.

Money also will go toward revising city building codes, development standards and zoning, and subdivision regulations to facilitate the agenda's mixed-use development pattern, DeCamp said. It will also help implement a plan for a land bank to buy properties for redevelopment into green, affordable housing.

The office of Augusta Administrator Fred Russell will administer the grant award.

"We spent half a million on the master plan. It's on the street less than a week and we've got $1.8 million for implementation," said Russell, who announced Tuesday a projected $9.4 million general fund deficit for the coming fiscal year. The grant "doesn't fill holes, but lets us move forward with the plan," Russell said.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said he was impressed the city was awarded the funds.

"Competing against cities across the nation, being one of only two cities in Georgia to get funding is a very good thing and speaks to our innovative, sustainable development going on in the city," he said.

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/20/10 - 04:21 pm
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this must be one of them

this must be one of them "shuffle"-ready projectz

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 04:49 pm
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Both the Richmond County and

Both the Richmond County and Augusta/North Augusta master plans are showing progress. The $1 million Marshalls office in South Augusta broke ground last week on Deans Bridge road.

The surrounding area won't look the same again.

There is a major DOT road project coming to the 15th street area.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2010-02-11/public-meeting-p...

floridasun
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floridasun 10/20/10 - 04:31 pm
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Good for Augusta. I hope they

Good for Augusta. I hope they can put this money to good use, because if any city needs beautification its Augusta. This town has some of the ugliest roads in the country....Washington Road, Wrightsboro Rd, Walton Way extension etc, etc.
The good ole boy developers in this town no nothing of creating a quality development....please plant some trees along the above mentioned streets and remove the billboards and overabundance of signs!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/10 - 04:37 pm
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The way I read the article

The way I read the article above, the grant just pays for more planning. It does not actually pay for any construction or beautification. It's all for paper shuffling, as omnomnon pointed out.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 10/20/10 - 04:41 pm
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Maybe we can have a ribbon

Maybe we can have a ribbon cutting before the election.

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 05:27 pm
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The U.S government is

The U.S government is recognizing the progressive movement in Augusta. Augusta needs to jumped ahead of competing cities when it comes to light rail.

Little Lamb. If I'm not mistaken the money can be use for beautification and construction.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 10/20/10 - 05:04 pm
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Countryman - Correct if I'm

Countryman - Correct if I'm wrong ... but didn't the progressive government in Washington skip Augusta with their new rail system.

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 05:15 pm
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The Georgia loop submitted to

The Georgia loop submitted to the U.S. government includes the city Augusta. The cities on the route are Atlanta, Athens, Savannah, Macon, and Augusta.
http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/atlanta-savannah-high...

Augusta needs to get behind a ''light rail'' system in the urban core. A modern street car traveling through the core of the city.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 10/20/10 - 05:24 pm
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Countyman - OK, I wasn't

Countyman - OK, I wasn't aware of this rail loop around east North-central Ga. However, I am skeptical that a light rail route will be cost effective any time soon and spending money we don't have betting it will.

I would perfer to get the economy on track first ... it's a matter of priorities. Once the economy is back on track then we may have the money to spend and the business to make the raillines profitable.

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 06:36 pm
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The city plans to break

The city plans to break ground on the new communities in the next few months. New sidewalks, green neighborhoods, beautification etc.

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 06:52 pm
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Intresting quote taken from

Intresting quote taken from the WJBF article.. Deke Copenhaver: "Through our Laney Walker-Bethelem initiative, we were able to qualify for this. It's huge for the city."

Hmm? Without the Tee Center there is no Laney Walker initiative. Without the Laney Walker initiative there is no $2 million grant coming to the inner city. This doesn't inlcude the $10 million 400 space parking deck(1st level commercial and retail space), the old cotton warehouse being incorporated into the Tee Center, $30 million 8 story Hyatt Place hotel, 3 story office building, and underground 106 space parking deck.

chascush
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chascush 10/20/10 - 06:54 pm
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countyman, ‘The U.S

countyman, ‘The U.S government is recognizing the progressive movement in Augusta.’
What, you mean Augusta has new section 8 housing communities going up. I didn’t hear about that.

chascush
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chascush 10/20/10 - 06:56 pm
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‘A modern street car

‘A modern street car traveling through the core of the city.’
The robbers would not even need a get away car.

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 07:08 pm
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It's not section 8

It's not section 8 communities going up. The city of Augusta isn't building anymore housing projects. Gilbert Manor and Underwood have already been demolished. Sunset(Cherry Tree Crossing) and Southside(Dogwood Terrace) are the next to go.

The new construction will consist of green eco-friendly neighborhoods, sidewalks, beautification, etc. Similar to the new homes, townhomes, and neighborhoods in the Laney Walker area.

The negative nancies can't spin this one lol.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 07:43 pm
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Stop the danged planning

Stop the danged planning grants. Let the fans of Augusta like countyman and the government plan for free. That's the way it used to be done. Use the grant money for the actual implementation.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 07:47 pm
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How much money has been spent

How much money has been spent toward planning of things that did not grow to fruition? Talk about the waste of taxpayer dollars.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/20/10 - 08:03 pm
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"The city of Augusta isn't

"The city of Augusta isn't building anymore housing projects. Gilbert Manor and Underwood have already been demolished. Sunset(Cherry Tree Crossing) and Southside(Dogwood Terrace) are the next to go."

The residents instead will be relocated to good, stable neighborhoods, so they can destroy them too. Section 8 housing. It's a new way to watch your home equity vaporize if it goes into your neighborhood- and there's nothing you can do about it.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 08:11 pm
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Section 8 has been around in

Section 8 has been around in one form or another since I can remember as a tax payer.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 08:18 pm
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First there were builders who

First there were builders who built cheap single family housing that had to be kept up to keep from falling apart. Some has been. Others fell into ruin because in general, you can't take generations of renters and put them into home ownership without training them on the joys of maintenance and responsibility.

Next came the apartments. Same sad story. They didn't own them, the residents and their hangers-on had no incentive to actually take care of the place and not abuse it.

Then there was the evolution of moving people who qualified for Section 8 moving into rental properties in otherwise good neighborhoods. Yikes. You were then moving single moms, some good, some bad, into decent neighborhoods. In some cases the not so good single moms were dragging in their not so good "friends" and their friends and friends of their friends.

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Riverman1 10/20/10 - 08:41 pm
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"Without the Tee Center there

"Without the Tee Center there is no Laney Walker initiative. Without the Laney Walker initiative there is no $2 million grant coming to the inner city. "

Ah, that explains why we are spending $100 million on the TEE and Laney Walker. We are getting a $2 million federal grant for planning. Heh.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/20/10 - 09:00 pm
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More taxpayer's hard earned

More taxpayer's hard earned money

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 09:14 pm
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People who don't live in RC

People who don't live in RC are complaining about a grant coming to RC. I can't wait for the construction to begin in a couple of months. New sidewalks, eco-friendly homes, beautification, etc. Gotta love Augusta!

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 09:13 pm
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If it's Fed money, it could

If it's Fed money, it could very well be out tax money, sir.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 09:15 pm
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And since grants are often

And since grants are often based on SMSA's, we indeed, have our rights to comment.

countyman
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countyman 10/20/10 - 09:16 pm
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Could is the key word....

Could is the key word.... Several posters on here complain about anything dealing with Augusta.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 09:18 pm
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But you miss the point. Slow

But you miss the point. Slow down on the studies and get in control of the budget and spending.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 09:24 pm
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Countyman, I will tell you

Countyman, I will tell you that I wanted to move to downtown Augusta when the Riverfront was first developed. My husband, who has had decades of association with Augusta and the government was wisely not so keen on it. We enjoyed the thriving, for a period, and safe, for a period riverfront. Augusta/Richmond County could, sadly, not sustain that. I hate it and because I don't live there, I really don't understand why the attributes of Augusta can not be made into a seriously safe and desirable place to be.

My husband says it has to do with the politics. I'm betting he is right.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/10 - 09:25 pm
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Clean up your mess, and they

Clean up your mess, and they will come.

smec29
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smec29 10/20/10 - 09:30 pm
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"New sidewalks, eco-friendly

"New sidewalks, eco-friendly homes, beautification, etc"
Anyone else tired of reading the same ole same ole?
Countyman, I have been a Richmond County resident for over 30 years. I loved and still do love the AUG But, come on even you have to admit, it's not what it used to be. In fact the whole area has gone down hill very quickly.

flipa
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flipa 10/20/10 - 10:04 pm
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I would be in favor of an

I would be in favor of an ELEVATED mass transit system but the old fashioned railroad type ones have too many draw backs, clog up traffic and are VERY expensive.

We could have this for a percentage of what light rail cost.

Looky Here http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/skybike.htm

ELEVATED mass transit system for STREAMLINED BICYCLES
Many streamlined recumbent bicycles have exceeded 60 mph. Leaning back on a very comfortable mesh seat with full back support, an average person pedaling such a vehicle could easily maintain speeds of 25 to 30 mph, which is a typical speed in cities for PRT vehicles. Aerodynamic drag, which absorbs most of a cyclist's energy, could be further reduced by arranging bicycles in a train configuration. Such trains would permit average riders to maintain speeds of 50 mph, and higher speeds if auxiliary power were used.

If these speeds were used on an elevated guideway, with all stations off line, the average speeds would be higher than for automobiles using city streets and freeways.

Door-to-door service could be provided using dual mode bicycles, called "tetracycles", capable of traveling both on the guideway and on roads

http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/skybike.htm

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