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Residents, planners discuss ways to improve 15th Street neighborhoods

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 9:06 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 2:05 AM
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Eloise Murray has watched her neighborhood slowly fade away. Fel­low residents are elderly, and people aren’t moving into the area known for crime and boarded-up buildings.

“A lot of the houses are where seniors raised their children,” she said. “The seniors passed on. Their descendants are not coming back into the area and have no desire to come back.”

Murray, who lives on Wooten Road just off 15th Street, said it’s a good idea for Augusta to revitalize the area. She attended a meeting Tuesday night at T.W. Josey High School intended to gather community input on the forthcoming project.

Using a $1.8 million grant, the city is studying an expansive section of the urban area from 15th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Deans Bridge Road.

The corridor runs from downtown near Georgia Health Scien­ces Uni­versity to south Au­gusta’s vacant Regency Mall.

The meeting kicked off a weeklong workshop for residents and stakeholders to discuss needs for housing, retail, parks, jobs and transportation. The findings and recommendations will be presented Saturday.

The massive revitalization project will reverse negative trends by improving infrastructure and building affordable “green” housing, said Adam William­son, of Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh and Associates, an Atlanta planning firm that serves as the project manager.

“We are an advocate for the community to make 15th Street look like what you want it to look like,” Williamson said.

Small steps, such as planting trees close to the street, widening sidewalks and installing bike racks, can attract development, he said.

Planned improvements to the area include a state project to widen 15th Street from Milledgeville Road to Govern­ment Road, which could begin as early as 2016.

The Augusta Housing Authority plans to demolish the Cherry Tree Crossing public housing project to build a mixed-income development.

Joseph Kohl, of project consultant Dover, Kohl and Part­ners, said 15th Street needs to connect the neighborhood to GHSU and Paine Col­lege. Directly beyond the campuses, a bridge over Wrights­boro Road and railroad tracks are eyesores, he said.

“That bridge – its appearance – is the biggest thing that’s going to stop economic development from popping over the tracks,” Kohl said.

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countyman
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countyman 11/14/12 - 03:12 am
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Expect to see only around 1-2

Expect to see only around 1-2 comments on this article, because the plan includes money being invested into South Augusta.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 11/14/12 - 07:33 am
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You can change, replace, or

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You can change, replace, or decorate the current corridor and structures all you want - if you have the same people living in the area that caused the decline in this area then you'll have the same outcome. Unfortunately the few that would take pride in these improvements outnumber those who would not.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/14/12 - 08:21 am
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Bridge

Pardon me, but that bridge over Wrightsboro and the tracks is not an eyesore. It is modern and well-maintained. More importantly, it is functional. It keeps 15th Street traffic from having to bounce over those railroad tracks. Keep the bridge and lose Joseph Kohl.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/14/12 - 09:54 am
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Funny one countyman

The numerous 15th street businesses were once gainful employers of the residents in the area.

Maybe a little tidying up will help re-attract some employers and rid the area of the gangster rep. that has been attached to it over the years, because of Cherry Tree.

I see it as money invested in improving existing things and Not yet another Downtown boondoggle money pit.

countyman
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countyman 11/14/12 - 03:53 pm
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I was right about the

I was right about the situation on the Augusta Chronicle. I only see 2 other comments above.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/14/12 - 06:16 pm
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Sorry 15th St MLK Boulevard to Deans Bridge Rd.

Isn't the South Side.

Generally everybody thinks South of Gordon Hwy as the South Side.
In the 1970's anything near Lumpkin Rd and south was the South Side..
eg. South Side Datsun at Windsor Spring and US 25, Ted's Soc Station
Floyds Baber Shop, Flemming, Sliverdale etc. Southeastern Equip. Fulchers Shell station, Sgt. Cartee's Fina etc..

Many now still use the 1970's designation
or Tobacco Rd and South from Gate 5 to Lock-n-Dam.

Either way the 15th project is inside the old city limits.

BTW: be meaning to sincerely ask, why are you down on the South Side wanting a fair shake?

Tots
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Tots 11/14/12 - 07:57 pm
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Yeah????

Countyman,please answer the above question....

15th street is not part of the Southside of Augusta....

countyman
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countyman 11/15/12 - 02:08 am
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Why are you only focusing on

Why are you only focusing on 15th street?

''The corridor runs from downtown near Georgia Health Scien­ces Uni­versity to south Au­gusta’s vacant Regency Mall.''

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