Originally created 11/27/98

Seeing what develops



Developers plan to build three new office buildings, a self-storage center and a mini-strip mall within a quarter-mile of each other on Stevens Creek Road.

The new buildings are part of two separate commercial projects under way by developers Trent Whisenhunt, of RE/MAX Augusta, and Otis Crowell, of Crowell & Co.

Mr. Whisenhunt's project is the smaller of the two and will occupy a one-acre tract at the entrance to the Hudson Trace subdivision, located directly across the street from the FutureCall telemarketing office.

A 5,700-square-foot office has already been built and is under contract to a local financial planning office, Mr. Whisenhunt said. Additional plans call for a two-story, 9,000-square-foot office that will serve as the new headquarters for RE/MAX Augusta.

The third office building, a 3,000-square-foot unit, is already under contract to a local dentist. All three offices will share a common parking lot.

At the south end of the development, which abuts nearby hotel developments, will be the future location of a small shopping center with six linked storefront units each with about 1,000 square feet of retail space.

The ideal tenants would be businesses complementary to the nearby subdivisions, apartment complexes and hotels, he said.

"I've spoken with a cafe that plans to take two of the 1,000-square-foot bays," Mr. Whisenhunt said. "The rest I expect would be taken by businesses like dry cleaners or hairdressers. We want to be selective to make sure (the businesses) tie in with the neighborhood."

Mr. Crowell's property, less than a quarter-mile north of the Hudson Trace development near the entrance to Ridgecrest Apartments, is a 19-acre L-shaped tract that will house a 14,000-square-foot building and 86,850 square feet in self storage units.

The office will house Mr. Crowell's brokerage firm and its affiliated construction company, Keystone Homes Inc. He is negotiating with other potential tenants, he said.

The storage units would be available to businesses as well as the general public, Mr. Crowell said. The development will have 19,000 square feet of air-conditioned storage space and room for vehicles.

Its proximity to River Watch Parkway and nearby apartments should make the development a success, he said.

"We think we've got the Taj Mahal of locations," he said.

Damon Cline covers real estate issues for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3486.