Riverfront apartments blocked

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NORTH AUGUSTA --- The North Augusta City Council listened to the pleas of River North residents Monday night and denied a request by developers to build apartments along the Savannah River.

The 4-3 vote against Kingery Landing, which would have had a 256-unit complex and about 40 single-family houses, followed a marathon six-hour session that stretched until 1 a.m. Tuesday. Council members Jimmy Adams, Carolyn Baggott, Pat Carpenter and Ken McDowell voted against the measure. Mayor Lark Jones and councilmen Arthur Shealy and Jason Whinghter sided with the developers.

River North residents opposed to the plans filled most of the 65-seat council chamber and spoke about the potential damage to wetlands and wildlife habitat and increased traffic along the busy U.S. Highway 1 interchange near the Fifth Street bridge.

They also implored council members not to approve apartments along a "gateway" into North Augusta. River North resident Tanya Jeffords said there were better uses for the land and that developers should "go back to the drawing board."

"This is not about River North; this is about North Augusta and our riverfront," she said.

The Kingery Landing plans were tied to a rezoning request and development plans by the developer of River North.

The River North plans include as many as 15 houses, commercial uses and a new road to connect River North Drive to the landlocked Kingery Landing tract. The rezoning request, including plans for the connector road, commercial space and five houses, was tentatively approved, but nine River North house sites included in plans for Kingery Landing shared the fate of the apartment complex.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or scott.trubey@augustachronicle.com.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The North Augusta City Council will hold second and third readings on the River North portion of the development plan Feb. 18 and March 3.

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naugliberal
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naugliberal 02/06/08 - 08:09 am
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There was certainly no desire

There was certainly no desire to protect the wetlands when River North was originally built. Have you been down there? Houses on stilts. Noone should have been allowed to build there to start with. Crocodile tears. The horse is out of the barn.

GSneed
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GSneed 02/06/08 - 09:26 am
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I know, right? The intention

I know, right? The intention is clearly to keep the rift-raft out. Build apartments, and thou shalt come the low-lifes! Price them too high, then you may as well make them condos. Yeah more condos at the other "gateway" to N. Augusta, that's the answer!

stevo
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stevo 02/06/08 - 10:54 am
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They gave in to the whiners

They gave in to the whiners in RiverNorth... Idiots... High density mixed use with public access (such as the Greeneway trail) is the BEST use for prime Riverfront space. Develop it so that the maximum number of people can enjoy it. This project (as well as Hammond's Ferry at the other end) were designed with the general public in mind. The real travesties are that the private McMansions in RiverNorth and the River Club were allowed to be built in the first place. Some of the most important real estate in the region is permanently barred from the public use. I only hope that N. Augusta takes that into consideration when considering what can be allowed on this property. Anything that opens the city up to the river, and attempts to offset the damage caused by RiverNorth and River Club will be in the best interest of ALL citizens of N. Augusta.

oh man
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oh man 02/06/08 - 11:02 am
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what is with all this

what is with all this building in north augusta in the first place. Is north Augusta planning in denial; we aren't in a recession. Has anyone really looked at how many total houses are being built or approved to be built along with all the vacant condos in Charles Martin Village (next to the bridge). Why take the chance in devaluing the existing property by building more at a time when there is ample property approved; built or being built. I guess its the build it and they will come straight from Richmond County and Columbia County hurting the entire area a little more. NA Planning please save the remaining riverfront developable property for develop in boom time rather than bust.

jack
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jack 02/06/08 - 11:15 am
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Agree whole heartedly with Oh

Agree whole heartedly with Oh Man. The "condos" that may by the 13th St bridge are empty nd would probably do well as up-scale aprtments. HOwever though, I hear the reason they don't sell is they ain"t "up scale" but very poorly laid out and constructed. As for construction of apartments on the River Front, I also say nay and keep it as green space with the deer and wild hogs that live there.

member
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member 02/06/08 - 11:24 am
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someone please advise who is

someone please advise who is behind the new kingerly deal. is it not some of the same folks involved with hammonds ferry?

doubledawg
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doubledawg 02/06/08 - 12:01 pm
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is whats good for the goose

is whats good for the goose not good for the gander?????

Connie30813
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Connie30813 02/06/08 - 01:52 pm
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This is in response to the

This is in response to the comment by Oh Man. ".....come staight from Richmond County and Columbia County.......". Why in the world would us folks from Columbia County want to move to NA ? We already have nice property, nice developments, new shopping centers, new eating establishments, and are quite content with living in Columbia County.

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 02/06/08 - 02:16 pm
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Why would somebody from

Why would somebody from richmond county want to move to columbia county or aiken. You have no jobs

gcap
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gcap 02/06/08 - 10:40 pm
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jonnneee, of course folks

jonnneee, of course folks from Richmond County would not move to Columbia or Aiken Counties. We have no jobs for uneducated criminals. North Augusta did the right thing. And Columbia County did too when we decided against an apartment complex. Keep it upscale at all cost and it'll be worth more.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 02/07/08 - 03:03 pm
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Without jobs in Richmond or

Without jobs in Richmond or Aiken Counties, Columbia County could not keep a Hardees open. So gcap and Connie, why not stay your high and mighty behinds in Columbia County, and left the low life criminal types have these jobs.

oh man
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oh man 02/11/08 - 05:04 pm
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obviously you aren't watching

obviously you aren't watching your dollars leave richmond and columbia counties; do you really think na is growing with all new people; they are coming from your tax base;

oh man
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oh man 02/11/08 - 05:06 pm
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people are leaving richmond

people are leaving richmond co for the Preceived criminal element and columbia county from the high prices; crowded roads and schools as in the current articles concerning a new round of school rezonings.

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