Let’s be reasonable. Can downtown Augusta really provide adequate parking for an arena that seats 10,000-plus people? Where would patrons park? Would you want patrons to have to park a mile from the site?
Certainly, the Regency Mall area has adequate space to accommodate an arena, and provide for sufficient parking.
Downtown constantly is being resurrected and reactivated through the theaters, cyber centers, Augusta University, the proliferation of businesses and restaurants, etc. Downtown is not the “whole” of Augusta. Why be selfish to the south?
And the Regency Mall is not that far south. Don’t these taxpaying citizens deserve major business and economic development? The two major arteries encapsulating the Regency Mall, and leading to downtown Augusta, could easily be deemed the gateway to the city.
I am convinced that we as citizens must think differently, unconventionally, optimistically, and from a new perspective if we want our city to grow holistically. I view the Regency Mall location as ideal.
Ellis M. Johnson