You spoke, we listened: Parking plan ready to move in a new direction

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With a lot of guidance from a variety of stakeholders, our downtown parking management plan has begun to gel after more than two years of discussion, research and evaluation.

Four public meetings provided the Downtown Development Authority with a lot of feedback and food for thought. Our decision to take parking meters off the table signals our responsiveness to our downtown Augusta merchants, residents, workers and visitors. You spoke, and we heard you loud and clear.

But our discussions have confirmed our assessment that widespread disregard for the current parking regulations in the Broad Street corridor discourages potential customers for downtown merchants and exasperates many more.

CURRENT CITY ordinances place responsibility for parking enforcement on the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, which must juggle that with a large number of other important public safety duties. To make matters worse, the ordinances offer no judicial remedies to aid the department in collecting fines or resolving disputed tickets.

Parking is a valuable resource, and this lack of a strategic management plan affects everybody. We want to change that in a way that will benefit all the stakeholders.

So, the DDA is planning to ask the commission to lift that burden from the sheriff's department and allow the DDA to assume the parking enforcement role for downtown. We are working on a comprehensive plan that will provide regular enforcement of parking limits during business hours on weekdays, a system of fine collection that will ensure payment and deter repeat offenders, and a clear, fair process for resolution of disputed tickets.

We are crafting this program with clear goals in mind:

- Lifting the burden for parking enforcement from the sheriff's department, which will free its personnel for other important public-safety responsibilities.

- Creating turnover that will offer more convenient parking opportunities for downtown shoppers and patrons.

- Providing more reliable, orderly procedures for collecting parking fines and resolving disputed parking tickets.

- Helping to locate safe, convenient off-street parking for commuters, residents and those with regular long-term parking needs.

- Collecting data on downtown traffic and parking that will guide future decisions about managing downtown in ways that will promote revitalization of the urban core.

IN CONSULTATION with the sheriff's office, the mayor's office, city administration and elected officials, the DDA will draft ordinances on downtown parking that will spell out the DDA's responsibilities and provide the authority necessary to carry them out. These revisions will be presented to the commission for consideration through their committee process, and must be approved by the full panel before taking effect.

For downtown workers, residents and those with long-term parking needs, we have compiled a map of parking lots in the downtown area and are working to amass a catalog of information about hours, pricing and other features. When complete, the map and information will be available on our Web site, www.myaugustadowntown.com.

Before the new parking enforcement plan takes effect, the DDA will conduct a thorough public awareness campaign to help Augustans citywide understand the limits and the enforcement process.

Once our efforts begin, the parking management program will provide more than just orderly turnover or spaces. We will also be collecting real-time information about use of parking spaces in the Broad Street corridor that will yield such valuable information as peak hours, average length of stay and most popular locations. This data will be available to the public and helpful not only to the DDA and city officials, but also to merchants and property managers who can devise marketing strategies around it.

COLLECTING DATA will help us to chart the growth of downtown as construction begins on such important projects as the TEE center, a proposed baseball stadium and the Hyatt Place Hotel. And should additional measures for effective parking management become necessary, we will have the necessary information to make effective decisions and provide the public with the facts supporting those decisions.

The Augusta DDA remains firmly committed to managing downtown growth; balancing the needs of our merchants, residents, workers and visitors; and promoting a safe, convenient and vibrant environment in our urban core. We are grateful to all those who have offered us their thoughts, opinions and suggestions during this discussion over parking. Our plan has benefitted from their interest and insight.

We hope they will continue their dialogue with us as we craft this parking program and provide us with their cooperation on future initiatives as we move forward together toward a unique and inclusive central city.

(The writers are, respectively, executive director and parking committee chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.)

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/06/10 - 11:39 pm
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Queen Margaret says she wants

Queen Margaret says she wants to lift the burden for (shouldn't that be "burden of" instead of "for"?) parking enforcement from the sheriff. But she does not say who she wants to bestow the burden upon.

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 02/07/10 - 12:35 am
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I'm still confused. Is the

I'm still confused. Is the problem a lack of parking or a lack of parking revenue? The only time that I have ever had trouble finding a parking spot was on a Friday night. Even then, it just meant a walking a block or two. All of the ideas seem focused on raising money for the DDA. Shouldn't the Downtown Development Authority focus on downtown development?

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Georgialina 02/07/10 - 12:44 am
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Margaret, I will be at that

Margaret, I will be at that commission meeting with everyone I can find to voice our opinion AGAINST you and the DDA having anything to do with downtown parking. You do not have and hopefully will NEVER have enforcement powers. Remember what happened to the city attorney when she wanted police powers? Well dear, polish your resume because you are the next "banana" to be slipping out the door!!!

Georgialina
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Georgialina 02/07/10 - 12:48 am
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AnotherPerspective, maybe I

AnotherPerspective, maybe I can help clear up your question. Parking is not really a problem downtown. The only problem is Margaret Woodard wants her hand and the collective hands of the DDA in the cookie jar. She sees it as a power grab and a money maker for her precious DDA. In my humble opinion she should be run out of town and the DDA disbanded. They never really do any good anyway.

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 02/07/10 - 02:46 am
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I don't buy one word of it.

I don't buy one word of it. Defund the DDA! (I beat ya to it, Brad).

Emerydan
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Emerydan 02/07/10 - 03:15 am
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The DDA is just a another

The DDA is just a another bureacratic layer that impedes development and progress downtown. It's just another good-ole-boy club with hands on our money, finding ever so many ways to waste it and make sure their friends benefit from it. It's time to ditch the DDA.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 02/07/10 - 04:35 am
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The DDA is a joke ran by a

The DDA is a joke ran by a bunch of clowns...Fire 'em all and start over...BTW, do not give them police powers to enforce parking laws.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 06:16 am
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It is so interesting to read

It is so interesting to read comments from people who know absolutely nothing about what they are saying. Downtown Augusta has always had a parking problem for many decades going back to the horse & buggy. The worst the problem has ever become occurred about 30 years ago when I watched the City removing all the parking meters. This occurrence signaled the demise of Downtown retail resulting in no one wanting to park in downtown -- the biggest problem of them all. However, the worst of times often give opportunity to the best of times. Starting in 1982 with the creation of a public-private partnership, Augusta Tomorrow, public funds combined with private investments gave birth to an initiative that 30 years later has created over a billion dollars in economic development (with over 50% being private) and the challenge to once again manage good parking problems. Broad Street serving as a long-term parking deck for those who work & live in Downtown is not the answer. Empty buildings will always remain empty if potential business users of these buildings see nowhere for their customers to park. Fortunately, we have an organization with the legal authority to address these problems, the Downtown Development Authority. For those who want to disband this legal entity and replace it with a volunteer group with no legal authority only has to realize the lack of importance redevelopment of Regency Mall has in the big picture. The DDA is a legal advocate for Downtown. Get rid of the DDA and what you will have is direct management by the City Commission and the Richmond County Development Authority and the lost of significant advocacy. Hopefully, Downtown Augusta will once again become the destination of choice in the C.S.R.A requiring smart management of parking resources including use of parking lots, parking decks and yes, even parking meters.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 02/07/10 - 06:46 am
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The DDA clowns only cares

The DDA clowns only cares about the DDA....Fire them all and bring in some 'new blood' and start over..

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 07:04 am
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Funny, the DDA 'listened'

Funny, the DDA 'listened' (eyes rolling) No one is asking the correct questions here. WHAT problem are they trying to solve? It is a revenue problem for the DDA, not the imaginary parking problem they have hyped up to sell this snake oil. Also, please note that the DDA doesn't mention getting imput, but says it will conduct a 'thorough public awareness campaign', read that, high paid media consultants selling you propaganda instead of doing real work with our hard earned tax dollars. Good ideas don't need selling Maggie. IF the DDA is given law enforcement authority, and have all the laws changed concerning downtown parking and law enforcment turned over to them, WHO would gain? WHO would be the oversight for them? The DDA says it doesn't answer to the Commission. I see Woodard throws the whole 'stakeholder' name around as WHO will get the goods, but I am not so sure it is the REAL stakeholders who own businesses downtown that will get it, so much as shady 'developers' who run the DDA. You all had better see this for what it is, a Hail Mary around the ACTUAL 'stakeholders' so the DDA can get control of the parking, and the revenue source they see it as. AnotherPerspective has it right. This is NOT about solving some imaginary problem (funny, now wiz there says it was the removal of parking meters that 'signaled' a downtown demise, ALSO, wiz says you all 'just don't get it' that is so funny and so far out of reality that I think the wiz MUST be a DDA employee)..quote, "about 30 years ago when I watched the City removing all the parking meters. This occurrence signaled the demise of Downtown retail resulting in no one wanting to park in downtown -- the biggest problem of them all." Does ANYONE think that the removal of parking meters CAUSED the 'demise' of downtown retail by showing the public no one wanted to come dowtown? Hey wiz, FYI, the REASON they were removed is because NO ONE was coming downtown AND EVERYONE KNEW THAT BUDDY, you have it backwards. The fact is, the DDA has produced NADA in the the 13 years I have been watching CLOSELY. Have you all seen anything they have done worth the $3,000,000.00 (that is $3 million) that these bozos have been given in the past 13 years? At least Annette Bush put the clock in with some of that money, and it wasn't in front of her gallery either. I will be sending my letter in opposition to the DDA being given law enforcment authority in any shape or form. They are waaay over stepping their skill set, and need to have their necks reeled in on this one. By the way, the Sheriff assigned ONE Deputy, Deputy Taylor, to patrol parking for years. Cut the DDA's $200,000.00 this year and give it to the sheriff and see if he is willing to shoulder the 'burden' of this HUGE parking problem for us. Pete, you beat me to it for sure...DEFUND the Dirty Deals Authority (DDA)

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/07/10 - 07:24 am
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I have no dog in this fight.

I have no dog in this fight. I try to steer away from downtown.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 08:13 am
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Brad, you must have dyslexia.

Brad, you must have dyslexia. The parking meters were removed because no one needed parking because most retail had gone to Regency & Augusta Malls. Anyone thinking providing oversight of parking violations in downtown is going to be a money-maker needs to consider a continuing education program at the nearest pre-K. As the owner of a number of buildings in Downtown I have a little fewer than 300 parking spaces on my property and paid almost $10,000.00 in property taxes last year on just the parking property I own and didn’t receive any income from these parking places – they are there for the benefit of my tenants. Downtown will choke on its own success if parking issues aren't addressed before they become even more critical. The DDA is the best group to address this issue. By the way, the members of the DDA all have a vested interest in the success of downtown and all serve as un-paid volunteers. The Executive Director of the DDA is a paid professional who is not a member but works for the members. Be careful Augusta -- do not shoot the messenger who brings problems & potential problems to your attention. Those who criticize the DDA for acting without seeking impute & advice from Downtown stakeholders -- what in the world do you think these hearings have been about -- to date no request has gone to the Commission for actions relative to Downtown parking -- anybody awake out there?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 09:04 am
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WIZ, I assume you are saying

WIZ, I assume you are saying that there IS a downtown parking problem? Right? No, you are saying lets do something about this BEFORE it s a problem. The fact is, if you own so much property downtown then you ought to know that there are many other very pressing needs that should be met BEFORE imaginary/future needs are considered, much less going into debt over. I agree that the parking issue should be handled by the DDA when it comes to issuing bonds for building parking decks, which was the ONLY reason these were created on the State level. Don't think so? Then go ask Penn Mayson, you know who he is right? You should if you claim you have been downtown 100 years or something like that. He was on the committe (Chairman I might add) that WROTE the bill for the Georgia Municipal Assoc and was in the Governors office when it was signed. He told me HIMSELF that it was ONLY supposed to be a funding arm so the city could buy property and finance bonds to build parking decks. It was MainStreet, which he helped found, that was meant to handle business development, entertainment, and growth, NOT the DDA. So don't give me this 'The DDA is the best group to do it' non-sense. I think they have proved to everyone that they are not the group. Why not use the DAP? That is what it was created for and the DDA should have to take all these hirbrained ideas before them for apporval BEFORE they move forward with anything. Ever heard of the DAP? Ever read tehir charter from the County? You should Mr. 'You guys just don't get', oh, we get it alright, and this change in tactics on the DDA shows it.

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DowntownPropertyOwner 02/07/10 - 09:16 am
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Thanks for listening. I own

Thanks for listening.
I own property downtown. There is a parking problem with people sitting on spaces all day long. Sometimes even days! I want the current laws enfored. If sheriff does it OK. If DDA does it OK.

willienelson
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willienelson 02/07/10 - 09:21 am
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There is a ton of free

There is a ton of free parking available in North Augusta at the old Belks shopping center and across the street in the old NA shop center. Let em park there and give them free tokens for ATA busses. Ya'll like to give out free rides so much, let it work for you.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 09:37 am
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There has always been and

There has always been and there will always be a parking problem in an area that has significant growth potential where an increasing number of people want to gather to live, work & play. One day the focus will be on mass-transit & like Chattooga we may be faced with the need to put large parking decks on the ends of the city and provide convenient shuttles in and out of the city. Today the biggest cause of a parking problem in Downtown Augusta is the long-term parking that takes place in high-volume spaces by employees & residents of Downtown. This issue must be resolved in such a way to provide safe & convenient parking for these individuals while opening up these parking spaces for short-term shoppers/buyers of services & products. I heard a complaint from a business owner this past week that strict enforcement of Downtown parking cost his employees over $200.00 in one day from fines. I offered him no sympathy but suggested that his employees park in a parking lot provided by his landlord. It seems that his employees preferred the short walk from Broad Street parking place rather than the 1/4 block from parking lot to office. If every car parked on Broad Street during the day had people shopping & eating at restaurants there would be a need for additional retailers and eating facilities to service their needs. The sad thing is that many of the all-day parkers do their shopping outside of Downtown. By the way, I do not need a lecture about Main Street and its mission versus the Mission of the DDA. I served as two years as President of Main Street and part of a term on the DDA. There is a need for a private sector group as well as a government organization -- but the private group needs to provide its own funding and not look to the City for funding -- public or government funding means public or government control.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 10:06 am
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Funny, you support 'public'

Funny, you support 'public' funding for the TEE and all the other stuff related to that to the tune of $100,000,000.00 but not $40,000.00 for MainStreet? I am not against the DDA doing its job but I am against the DDA never dealing with the NEEDS of downtown and always wasting tens of thousands in studies that we don't need. The $40,000.00 they spent on the idiotic trolley study is just the latest example I can point to. As far as MainStreet goes, the ONLY reason the DDA and MainStreet were combined was so that the city could give MainStreet money to do its vital job. The DDA disbanded MainStreet yet kept the $40K a year. How do you justify that one? The DDA was never meant, and it should not, be the 'organ' to redevelope downtown. And again, have you heard of the DAP? Do you know why it was created? Do you know what its job is? Can you tell me why it is not functioning right now? I can...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 10:11 am
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And as far as your last

And as far as your last sentence goes, the TEE is ALL public funds, yet WHO controls it?.... come on, you can say it...

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 11:19 am
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The concept of Main Street

The concept of Main Street was intended for smaller cities than Augusta where other organizations were not in place. The Commission decided to halt funding for Main Street and rolled its operation under the DDA which had previously been a funding organization. The expansion of the Trade & Exhibit Center from its current size to include a larger presence will be funded by those who pay sales & hospitality taxes in Augusta. Most of the funding will be the visitors who come to Augusta for the Masters, Futurity, the Ironman-esi, and others making up our multi-million tourist and convention business. The parking deck to be built to support the TEE center will be funded through the DDA with revenues from the deck being used to pay off that debt. A quick payoff of the TEE Center will be the building of the new Hyatt Hotel place which will be funded by a $25 million from the private sector. The Hyatt projects a $800,000 increase in new tax revenue for the City their first full year of operation and will build their own parking deck. In answer to your question as to who will control the TEE Center it will be controlled by the Convention & Visitors Bureau with a management operations contract going to the Marriott who manages the current TEE Center operations. Currently the Marriott is owned by Morris Communications but like any asset is subject to the changing of ownership as is any other privately owned asset.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 02/07/10 - 11:24 am
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willienelson...bite your

willienelson...bite your tongue !!!!!!!!

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 02/07/10 - 11:29 am
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Wiz, maybe you're right.

Wiz, maybe you're right. Maybe I do need to get some continuing education from a pre-k. With all sincerity, I still don't see a problem. I think you said it best when you described the employee unwilling to walk a quarter mile. If anything, that is the problem. It sounds very similar to the argument for a parking garage at ASU - not that there is a lack of parking, but that there is a lack of parking at the front door of your classroom. We have too many problems to address downtown to be addressing problems that don't exist. What do Coco Rubio and other busines owners think?

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 11:48 am
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The big problem in Downtown

The big problem in Downtown is the large numbers of buildings that still go un-occupied -- not just Broad Street but the side streets and the other streets between the river and Laney-Walker -- to encourage investors to come downtown--particular in the Broad Street area parking is always a question asked -- in recent years Broad Street has become a free parking deck -- it is not unusual to see most parking spaces taken but few people on the street -- this means most are in offices or residences -- I rent both residential & commercial properties -- I have dedicated parking for all of my tenants --almost 300 spaces in different lots at a property tax cost last year of almost $10,000 plus maintenance & insurance -- most other landlords depend on street parking -- residents and workers parking on Broad Street need safe & convenient parking because if we are successful their numbers will double in the next five years.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 12:02 pm
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In answer to your question

In answer to your question about what Coco Rubio and others think, Coco doesn't see it as a problem -- however, he does a lot of night-time business and his demographics are different than the day-time shopper -- plus Coco has become successful operating in the current environment -- other entrepreneurs feel differently -- someone trying to start and build a business has enough challenges without having access to his established blocked by all day parkers -- parking is like a marriage -- you have the current situation and you have the future -- most people marry for both -- but if you knew your marriage was going to blow-up in five years you probably would not be too happy now --we have a parking problem today -- we will have a crisis in the future if we don't start addressing it now -- actually we needed to more aggressively address it years ago -- I was a part of a group over 10 years ago looking at the future need of parking decks -- if we could have gotten that initiative off the ground I am aware of two major buildings on Broad Street that would now be fully occupied but today are collectively only about 30% utilized.

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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 12:08 pm
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Hey WIZ, any money collected

Hey WIZ, any money collected by a levy from a government, is a TAX. Call it a fee and it is still a government tax. So don't act like this is NOT tax money going to the TEE. I guess the Secial Puropse Local Option Sales TAX is not a tax either huh? The fact is, your arguments conflict, you say MainStreet should not have been supported by tax money yet you support the TEE. The GOVERNMENT will not have control over the TEE will they, no more than they did over MainStreet. So you consdier the merging of city and county as having changed the size of our downtown and its needs? The fact may be that we 'grew' in land mass, but the population inside of the old city limits has shrunk, and you know it. So the idea is that somehow downtown grew with the bill that passed making the county and city one, so the DDA should do away with MainStreet and keep the MainStreet monies? Again that is a political spin not reality. You know an aweful lot about the TEE deal and I guess you must be one of the big shots involved, but you know that the DDA is useless except as a funding instrument for parking decks. If you think they have the ability, skill set, and tools to be anything other than that, then you are wrong. You have talked down to a lot of folks on here for months. Saying we don't know what we are talking about, we just don't 'get it', and some such, but the facts canot be hidden. The DDA doesn't serve the 'stakeholders' only a small group of so-called developers, you may be one that gets some of the gold, I don't know, but I will do some research and see if I can find out just who you are, so your rhetoric can be qualified on here. You claim you paid $10,000.00 in taxes on parking lots? Then you must have massive landholdings. I mean at the milliage rate charged there you can only be a handful of possible folks. I think I know who you are already, and if you are that person you will know I respect you, but the DDA should be defunded and that money spent where it will produce results. Again, ever heard of the DAP? That is a simple yes or no question...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 12:21 pm
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WIZ, the problem is not

WIZ, the problem is not 'large buildings setting empty' (spoken like a true 'developer') it is broken sidewalks, rundown parks, trash, lack of lighting at nite, lack of active law enforcement, lack of trash cans in the middle of the block, graffiti, and lack of tax holidays or incentives for small business owners. Your bulilding issues is due to landlords like Bonnie Ruben who holds onto property bought at rock bottom prices in the 80's demanding prices no one can pay. I knew a guy who painted the plywood on the front of her Penny's building so it would not bring down his building's value a few doors down. You still keep trying to get away from the fact that the DDA doesn't seek imput from the community before it makes plans. Now they are changing tactics only, there is still the nest of vipers down there, they just want everyone to think they are humbled before public opinion (eyes rolling). DEFUND the Dirty Deals Authority and reactivate MainStreet. Also, back on topic, do you think the DDA should be given law enforcment authority? That should be put before the store owners first before 'CONSULTATION with the sheriff's office, the mayor's office, city administration and elected officials' to change any laws are made, would you agree?

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 12:53 pm
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I have not been involved in

I have not been involved in DAP, recognize that hospitality taxes collected primarily from visitors is a tax but not one collected primarily from local folks (and one I pay to other cities when I travel), know very little about the TEE Center other than what I read & feel that our community will benefit tremendously from it, have greater knowledge of the Hyatt Place initiative & feel that Augusta is very fortunate to have them coming, worked hard to achieve Main Street objectives when it was operational but very disappointed in Downtown support & feel we would make a very bad decision to eliminate the DDA -- has the opportunity to bring together funding and to support initiatives that are critical to Downtown & Augusta's future -- the BID is something I supported both through work & extra taxes & to leverage DDA resources with it makes a lot of sense but it still has a long way to go to fulfill the objectives of those who gave it birth -- sidewalks and infrastructure needs are obvious but the best funding mechanism will come from increased revenues from economic development -- tourism & conventions and utilization of more of the empty buildings -- I would support an 'un-occupied tax' on building sitting for years undeveloped to encourage their development or sale -- unfortunately we have land owners who only want to take & not give -- long-term parking in high-value parking places will only stymie growth --pretty sidewalks have little meaning if they are difficult for the paying public to have access to.

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DAMY46 02/07/10 - 12:55 pm
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Time for some change....Get

Time for some change....Get rid of Ms. Woodard and the rest of the clowns on the DDA board.

Here are some ideas to increase foot traffic and business downtown for the new members of the board:

1..Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday have a bus run (once an hour) from Fort Gordon to downtown Augusta.
2..Build a 'petting zoo'.
3..Start a 'theme' downtown ie: Civil war era or 1930's theme.
4..Send a vet to Olney, Ill. and purchase 10 white female squirrels and plant them downtown.
5..Build a flea market downtown.
6..Have pony rides (for the kids) for buck.
7..Purchase 10,000 pear trees and give them away free to landowners in the CSRA. A....They grow and produce good in this climate and also.. B.....Augusta would become the Pear Capital of Georgia.
8..Buy an old John Deere tractor and a couple of wagons and have hay rides downtown.
9..There are 52 weeks a year---so, every weekend have a 3 day event downtown. ie:
Week 1..Motorcycle new and used sale and games
Week 2..New and used boat sale
Week 3..New and used truck sales
Week 4..New and used camper sales
You get the idea.
10..Build a flea market downtown...Note:...There is more foot traffic at the Barnyard flea market (on weekends) than the Augusta mall...Some of that traffic needs to come downtown.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 12:59 pm
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I think the DDA is crazy to

I think the DDA is crazy to assume collection management for parking violators but commend Margaret Woodward for volunteering to take on that responsibility -- I personally think the representatives of the BID should have the responsibility of 'booting' cars in violation of parking and having a sheriff's representative have the un-boot key and collect the fine when doing so -- this insures the collection of the fine and gets the point across very quickly that parking violations will not be tolerated -- from this would come a demand to put in parking meters instead.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 02/07/10 - 01:04 pm
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'DAMY46' -- While I don't see

'DAMY46' -- While I don't see where your suggestions have anything to do with the DDA or Margaret Woodward you have some good ideas and need to get involved with some of the downtown groups working to promote the area -- implementation is the real challenge & you seen to have the energy to do so.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/10 - 01:17 pm
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Reality is not something to

Reality is not something to be aware of, reality is something to create.

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