Housing agency plans rental townhomes in south Augusta

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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