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15th Street study finds need for lakes, gardens among new homes and businesses

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Wetlands, a fish farm, lakes and large community gardens integrated with affordable housing and commercial development are part of a planned vision for an expansive section of Augusta’s urban core.

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  AUGUSTA SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM
AUGUSTA SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM

Those amenities could be built in five targeted development areas along 15th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Deans Bridge Road, according to initial findings released last week of a $1.8 million study commissioned by Augusta’s sustainable development office.

The study focuses on 4½ miles of road from downtown Augusta near Georgia Regents University to the vacant Regency Mall.

The findings suggest planning methods for the Cherry Tree Cros­sing and Dogwood Terrace housing projects, Regency Mall and Southgate Plaza, with an
overarching mission of creating jobs and fostering a safe community.

“We’re trying to create a vibrant, healthy, sustainable community,” said Sustainable Development Manager John Paul Stout. “One that can grow and prosper for years to come.”

At the site of Cherry Tree Crossing, which is scheduled to be demolished, and nearby land surrounding T.W. Josey High School, the study calls for more than 1,000 multi­family units and several hundred townhouses, single-family houses and student and senior housing.

Stout said the plan is only a suggestion for what the Augusta Housing Authority could develop at the Cherry Tree site, but it’s an option that integrates the vision for the entire corridor.

Potential concepts for Regency Mall include demolition to replace it with a residential retirement community surrounded by businesses to support senior housing, such as physician’s offices and a pharmacy,
Stout said. There would also be a traditional neighborhood and a school on the site.

Funding to implement the ideas comes from various sources, of which a few have been identified. The Georgia Department of Trans­portation will use money from the new transportation sales tax to widen 15th Street, federal funds will aid the replacement of Cherry Tree Crossing and city money will go toward uses such as right-of-way improvements and vacant house demolitions.

Public investment will help leverage private development, which is needed to fully revitalize the area, Stout said.

The study will go through another round of tweaking before a timeline for completion is set.

OFFER YOUR INPUT

A second public meeting about the 15th Street corridor study will be held at T.W. Josey High School at 6:30 p.m. March 5.

FIND OUT MORE

Visit www.augustasustainable.com for more information on the Augusta Sustainable Development Program and findings from the 15th Street corridor study.

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Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 02/18/13 - 07:06 am
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If it comes in on time, and not over budget,

I'll buy each of the commissioners that voted for it breakfast.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/13 - 09:16 am
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Something doesn't add up

They say..

“We’re trying to create a vibrant, healthy, sustainable community,” said Sustainable Development Manager John Paul Stout. “One that can grow and prosper for years to come.”

Who is doing this....will the community be public housing....& grow & prosper talk.....only comes from a truly involved homeowner..a working taxpayer..

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 02/18/13 - 09:55 am
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the pitch is bright, bubbily,
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the pitch is bright, bubbily, and upbeat but if you read and interpret a little deeper you will see the true plan

"The findings suggest planning methods for the Cherry Tree Cros­sing and Dogwood Terrace housing projects, Regency Mall and Southgate Plaza, with an
overarching mission of creating jobs and fostering a safe community.

“We’re trying to create a vibrant, healthy, sustainable community,” said Sustainable Development Manager John Paul Stout. “One that can grow and prosper for years to come.”

At the site of Cherry Tree Crossing, which is scheduled to be demolished, and nearby land surrounding T.W. Josey High School, the study calls for more than 1,000 multi­family units and several hundred townhouses, single-family houses and student and senior housing"

ladies and gentleman in this section lies the real truth it will not be mix-use or any thype of market based housing, it will be the same as it has always been GOVERNMENT PROJECTS!!!! it will look nice in the beginning but who in their right mind if they are working productive members of society will move there...just look at the townhouse condo development across from the park on 9th st (james brown blvd) it was planned and started approx 4 yrs ago with units starting at 140,000 and only 3 units were built and sold....why??? because no one in their right mind would want to live in the middle of a war zone, drug shoot outs, drug dealing prostitutes turning tricks, rampant crime, dilapidated houses every where, and now they are going to develop another part of the inner city with these grandiose ideas and pipe dreams. if that area has not been cleaned (crimewise) then why would anyone want to live there. in no time after the complexes are built the project crowd will be moved back in because "dey be po, and haves no where else to go wit dey chilin" and it will become another crime ridden public housing project just like the one they left. a better idea would be to tear down all projects and let the leaches, parasites, moochers, vermin, and roaches fend for themselves. it's time they get off their backs and on their feet to find a job to pay their own way instead of making babies with no way to take care of them and expect the working part of society to pay for their irresponsibiliy......instead of the money to be spent on "green space" why not more and bigger jails for "dey-dey, trae, nook-nook, mookie, and pork chop" instead of probation or community service

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 02/18/13 - 10:06 am
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I'm sorry I believe my screen
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I'm sorry I believe my screen is messed up. I thought it said they paid someone $1,800,000.00 to study something.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/18/13 - 10:35 am
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Taxpayer subsidized
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lipstick on the pig. This area is classic for residents who don't care about "sidewalk appeal". More projects for the asphalt and concrete cartel. More room for political thievery.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/18/13 - 10:37 am
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From one war zone to another war zone.
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The marines should have been practicing for urban warfare in downtown ARC and not the dam..

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REDRIDER 02/18/13 - 10:57 am
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Fish Farm

Augusta Can't manage a Golf Course much less a Fish Farm.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/18/13 - 12:37 pm
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RedRider...fish farm. LOL

RedRider...fish farm. LOL

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countyman 02/18/13 - 01:01 pm
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When cities become

When cities become progressive they receive $1.8 million grants. I can't wait to see how the plans go along with the $100 million Cancer Center and 25 acre development near Kroger on 15th.

Shortcomment.. None of the commissioners voting for anything. The money is coming from the federal government, because of the Richmond County master plan.

Seenitb4. Nothing in the area will end up becoming public housing. Cherry Tree aka Sunset is going to be demolished, and eventually Dogwood Terrace aka Southside will be next.

The area includes several different areas & neighborhoods.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/18/13 - 02:18 pm
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1.8 million in grants, you mean taxpayer's money
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From those that don't have to give to those who only take. Taxpayers who do not have discretionary funds pay for all these grants. Funny how the suedo intellectuals believe in "Obama Money". Free money from the STATE. All you have to do is write a grant application and they print you up a pile of dollar bills. Ain't government great. countyman loves the nanny state XOXOXOXO

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Willow Bailey 02/18/13 - 02:52 pm
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County, I have a

County, I have a question...
Augusta spent $1.8 million for this study...
Augusta needs more lakes and gardens....

With all their money, resources and wisdom, why then, could Augusta not keep up the mainteance of the Augusta Golf & Gardens?

I sure hated to see that go to weeds and ruination immediately after it was built.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/18/13 - 03:17 pm
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State

Remember, Willow, that the Augusta Gardens and Golf Hall of Fame was a state government project. It was ill conceived, but then many state projects are ill conceived. The state bought the land from private landholders, then the governor appointed a local board to run the thing. Things started to go down hill when Mark Darnell became the executive director. Pretty soon the state money was gone.

If the city government had asked the state for the property, I suspect that the state might have given it to the city; but the city didn't and the state didn't.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/18/13 - 03:21 pm
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Logic

I don't quite get the connection about putting a school next to a retirement community. I guess that's because I never studied community planning.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/18/13 - 03:23 pm
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Thanks for that explanation

Thanks for that explanation LL. I still have questions. County says, "When cities become progressive, they receive $1.8 million in grants." How does that work? And who says how the money is to be appropriated? Where will the funds come from to maintain these amenities?

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Fiat_Lux 02/18/13 - 03:26 pm
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Quit trying to turn a pig's ear into a silk purse.

This idea is just so absurd that it makes me laugh. Start downtown. Try restoring Old Town and the commercial area into SAFE residential areas, or at least, reasonably safe, so that people will want to risk living there. That property is so worthwhile already. Then expand outward from that core.

Shoot, they can't even get people to buy or rent the nice-looking homes they've already built right right off Laney-Walker on Holley Street (I think it's Holley). They cost waaaaay too much for the area, and nobody but nobody who can pay what they cost would ever choose to actually live there. And it's easy walking distance to MCG, just like some of this proposed wonderfulness would be.

The time to start having blue-sky conversations like this is AFTER the areas around MCG and between MCG and Regency Mall get cleared of the overwhelming infestation of vermin, human and otherwise, and after it stays reliably clear for a few years.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/18/13 - 03:43 pm
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There does seem to be an

There does seem to be an obsession with doing the extreme and spending money that isn't available instead of focusing on what is immediate, necessary and doable. Then the whole maintenance thing, that's another story.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/18/13 - 04:05 pm
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$1.8 Million Study

The story never says who actually did the study, but it looks like the city paid someone merely to paint some watercolor pictures depicting new buildings, grass and trees. The development company is laughing all the way to the bank.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/18/13 - 04:04 pm
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Wouldn't you just love to

Wouldn't you just love to know the names who profited from this grant? Think we would recognize any of them?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/18/13 - 05:18 pm
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"Nothing in the area will end

"Nothing in the area will end up becoming public housing. Cherry Tree aka Sunset is going to be demolished, and eventually Dogwood Terrace aka Southside will be next."

And how many of current residents of these fine communities will be displaced into southeast Richmond County as Section 8er's.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/18/13 - 05:25 pm
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"We’re trying to create a

"We’re trying to create a vibrant, healthy, sustainable community,” said Sustainable Development Manager John Paul Stout. “One that can grow and prosper for years to come.”

I think he means like South Augusta used to be back before we consolidated and they started to use OUR money to "re-develop" THEIR city.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/18/13 - 05:26 pm
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Well, Dichotomy, not all of 'em

A good number will end up in places like Kingston, but the for sure won't be living in their old 'hoods.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/18/13 - 05:36 pm
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Perhaps, the $1.8 million

Perhaps, the $1.8 million dollar plan is a form of "translocation"; exchanging the positions of two segments of the population.

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countyman 02/18/13 - 06:57 pm
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Olde Town= safe

While the city should do everything to make any place even safer. I'm positive the majority of the residents in Olde Town already feel safe.

The property at 314 Greene street was renovated into 12 apartments last year, and every single apartment was leased within 30 days of completion.

People walk, jog, bike, and walk their dogs all the time in the neighborhood. They have a very active neighborhood association, and the residents put together several community events. The area is now attracting new families instead of solely young professionals. The edge of neighborhood right next to East Boundary is even improving. The groundbreaking of the community center, office building, and 7 homes along Sibley street.

The city is already revitalizing East Augusta(Savannah River keeper headquarters/recreation sites, and the $30 million Walton Oaks), and could help improve the homes surrounding May Park/401.

countyman
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countyman 02/18/13 - 06:59 pm
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Laney Walker= millions in additional tax base

The decline of the Laney Walker & Bethlehem neighborhoods didn't happen overnight, and the revitalization won't happen instantly.

The flagship neighborhood of Laney Walker is Heritage Pine, and it's going to take sometime for the other targeted areas to catch up.

The city has sold multiple homes(first one in 2011: including along Holley Street), and it represents of $3 million towards the local tax base.

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Gage Creed 02/18/13 - 08:35 pm
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Lakes...gardens.....fish

Lakes...gardens.....fish farms? Sounds like more convenient places to bury the bodies.

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GnipGnop 02/18/13 - 10:44 pm
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Yes...the revitalization of Laney Walker...

With the bribe money from the commission vote from a slum lord that should have been cited for the deplorable condition of her rental property while she lives in a wonderful condo and makes sure overweight city employees use grant money for gastric bypass surgery...you just can't make this stuff up...meanwhile South Augusta gets less police protection for higher taxes. Welcome to Augusta.

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