Housing agency plans rental townhomes in south Augusta

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The city’s Housing and Community Development Department is diversifying its portfolio with new rental housing in south Augusta.

Construction will begin this fall on single-family rental townhomes off Barton Chapel Road between Gor­don Highway and Old McDuffie Road.

The department’s previous work has focused on home ownership in the city’s urban core.

“We want to be sure we diversify and hit all areas of Richmond Coun­ty that need revitalization. Everything we do is not going to be in Laney-Walker/Bethlehem,” said Hawthorne Welcher, the assistant housing director. “We are starting to find our way in south Augusta.”

The small subdivision on Ollie Road will be built on property purchased by the Augusta Land Bank Authority last year. Twenty-three homes will be built in at least two phases, with construction on the first eight homes starting this fall.

The houses will have from two to four bedrooms and will rent for between $652 and $840 to families at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income, Welcher said.

“Everybody doesn’t want home ownership, and everybody doesn’t qualify for home ownership,” he said.

The first phase received $800,000 in funding from two U.S. Housing and Urban Development sources – the Neighborhood Stabilization and the HOME Investment Partnerships programs.

A group of nonprofit development agencies that join with the city’s housing department will monitor the new housing units to ensure they stay in compliance with HUD regulations, Welcher said.

Augusta-based architectural firm Johnson, Laschober and Associates is designing the townhomes.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/13 - 06:03 am
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An Admission

“We want to be sure we diversify and hit all areas of Richmond Coun­ty that need revitalization. Everything we do is not going to be in Laney-Walker/Bethlehem,” said Hawthorne Welcher, the assistant housing director. “We are starting to find our way in south Augusta.”

Oh, he noticed...finally. But South Augusta gets the rentals and Laney Walker gets the gold.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/13 - 06:22 am
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“We are starting to find our

“We are starting to find our way in south Augusta.”

Now, that I believe.

And the rent will be paid for by taxpayers, "Your tax dollars at work"

KSL
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KSL 06/29/13 - 06:51 am
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"Everybody doesn't want

"Everybody doesn't want homeownership and everybody doesn't qualify for home ownership."

You got thar right, but your solution is wrong and unfair to tax payers.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 06/29/13 - 07:53 am
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No need to comment. Enough

No need to comment. Enough said by the previous posts!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/29/13 - 08:25 am
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Section 8 Bait. Construction and rent paid by taxpayers.
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A double whammy wealth redistribution project.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/29/13 - 12:26 pm
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@corgimom

Not only will be the rent be paid by "us" but "we" are paying to have them built! Incredible! Just more entitlements! Why would anyone want to work when we give them housing, food, school, daycare, medical care and other benefits too numerous to name.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/13 - 05:32 pm
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Hey, if the government

Hey, if the government offered to give me free housing off of Barton Chapel Rd, I'd say "no thanks".

However, there is going to be more and more of this until the taxpayers of RC stand up and demand that the schools be fixed- too many children are not getting the education that they need, and that dogs them all of rest of their life.

Substandard schools lead to adult poverty, which leads to welfare.

This has been going on in RC since desegregation and there is no end in sight.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/29/13 - 11:12 pm
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"new rental housing in south

"new rental housing in south Augusta"

Oh great. Laney Walker gets "home ownership" and we get rental housing. So I see the "City" continues to follow it's wrongheaded subsidized housing policy for South Augusta, AKA the dumping ground.

Could someone please notify the TAX Appraiser that even the "City" admits even THEY cannot sell a new house in South Augusta. The only way they can get people to move to South Augusta is to build them a new house and subsidize the rent. Section 8 anyway you put it.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/30/13 - 01:34 am
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I ask that any and all people

I ask that any and all people in favor of this, come back in 10 years and take a look at the property.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/30/13 - 02:16 pm
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@Young Fred

It won't even take 10 years! LOL! :(

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EMS4411 06/30/13 - 04:00 pm
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There goes the property

There goes the property values in that area. Just putting more ghetto to the already ghetto South side that is all we need. Way to go might as well make all of Augusta Richmond County 1 big Ghetto and the place a chain link fence around it so the disease doesn't spread to Columbia County.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/30/13 - 07:59 pm
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EMS4411

Introducing ghetto is just a code word for introducing diversity.

Diversity is your friend, and the savior of our country. Do you have a problem with diversity?

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