Retail project's plan includes hotels

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The Gateway

The Gateway is a stretch of property bordering Interstate 20 at the Lewiston Road exit near Grovetown. The consulting firm of Jordan, Jones and Goulding recently completed a master plan for the 2,500-acre Gateway Town Center concept.

THE PLAN

The master plan includes two "big-box" retail stores, four smaller retail spaces, three mixed-use buildings, two hotels, a town square, a theater complex, a museum, a multipurpose building and an arena surrounding two small lakes.

Consultants envisioned the Gateway Town Center as a pedestrian-friendly center with a design concept called "new urbanism," which refers to multifunctional developments supporting residences, businesses and recreation.

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross recently said a Gateway Town Center would be driven mostly by private enterprise, meaning the current plan likely will change should it move forward.

Possible tenants

Wal-Mart has shown interest in occupying one of the retail spaces, but nothing has been confirmed, county planning officials said. State Department of Transportation officials recently started widening the Lewiston Road overpass at I-20 to accommodate existing traffic and in preparation for a Wal-Mart in the area, a DOT official said this year.

AN ARENA?

Building a civic arena won't be possible in the foreseeable future, according to officials cited in the master plan. Consultants said a multipurpose building used as a ballroom, exhibit space and meeting hall, possibly as part of a hotel complex, would be feasible.

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WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 06/01/08 - 07:26 am
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Yes, just what is needed,

Yes, just what is needed, another Wal-Mart. This is the great idea?

Farful
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Farful 06/01/08 - 08:27 am
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xx

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bone
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bone 06/01/08 - 08:45 am
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actually, i wouldn't mind

actually, i wouldn't mind having a walmart, theater, and an arena within a few minutes drive. but that's just me.

rainboot
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rainboot 06/01/08 - 08:53 am
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I have some experience in

I have some experience in this...if Wal-Mart is a big box tenant then this is not a new urbanism development. New urbanism focuses not just on a return to community-based, pedestrian-friendly ideals - it STRONGLY emphasizes architectural guidelines and proper land conservation. Wal-Mart ignores both even in an organized, approved and zoned planned development. Genuine new urban sprawl is brilliant and highly attractive for the community. But, Wal-Mart is neither. Wal-Mart has an equation that they use to determine if they will occupy land. They will not locate within 5 miles of another location and require a minimum of 40 acres for a stand-a-lone big box. Once these requirements are met they then consider the net earnings of the other stores in the vicinity. If this passes the litmus test then they factor local economy and population demographics. Wal-Mart will sign a contract that makes everyone very happy - then they destroy your profits in extensions and legal wrangling so that you end up settling the deal early, pulling out, or going bankrupt. On a positive note, new urban sprawl is great. We should push for this.

pofwe
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pofwe 06/01/08 - 10:06 am
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hypo, kiss my 3rd eye ... you

hypo, kiss my 3rd eye ... you know ... the BROWN ONE!!!

edst4
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edst4 06/01/08 - 10:50 am
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That is fine with me sounds

That is fine with me sounds promising. To the person that does not want wal-mart. I am all for it. Will give circle k a run for there money on the gas prices here in Grovetown (10 cents higher than at some places) plus it will save me gas running to the one in Evans. I know folks in Harlem would like it also. Now if we could get an Applebee's or some other national food chain besided McD's and KFC (yuck)

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/01/08 - 11:00 am
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You have a huddle house
Unpublished

You have a huddle house

edst4
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edst4 06/01/08 - 11:09 am
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LOL trukinRanger ok let me

LOL trukinRanger ok let me rephrase somewhere they will serve beer and is it not mexican either. But then again if you have one drink and drive into Grovetown it will give the cops a chance to turn on there blue lights and siren. I can see it now a check point for the Grovetown keystone cops to man. It will give them the chance to have one person carry the bullet that day

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 06/01/08 - 01:13 pm
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Wow pofwe, is that the best

Wow pofwe, is that the best you can do? Even I think you can do better than that. Give it the old Klan I mean college try.

motivatedinhepzibah
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motivatedinhepzibah 06/01/08 - 01:24 pm
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Grovetown has a identity away

Grovetown has a identity away from augusta. Like aiken or thomson even. Evans and martinez still seem like bedroom communites instead of suburbs like thomson, lincolton, burke county, and aiken. North augusta is still in between a a suburb and bedroom community.

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hankgaguy 06/01/08 - 01:32 pm
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There are thousands of homes

There are thousands of homes built or planned in the Grovetown and the area off Chamblin Road-Columbia Road-Hereford Farm area. Seems like logical placement and recognition of a developing sub-market. Basic Economic Geography in relation to good planning. You live in one of the best-planned communities in the state, btw. If you don't realize that, then travel to the outer suburbs of Atlanta and you'll see the evidence of bad planning for "growth at all costs". Even the center of Atlanta has Wal-Mart and Target, albeit either above or underneath parking decks: Target (above) at Atlantic Station, Wal-Mart (underneath) at Howell Mill Station, and Target (underneath) at Lindbergh City Center in Buckhead.

You're very fortunate. There are times I regret my move back to the ATL.

usncporet
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usncporet 06/02/08 - 07:43 am
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rainboot - is that 40 acre

rainboot - is that 40 acre footprint a regular or super Walmart?

deekster
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deekster 06/02/08 - 09:32 am
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And CC tax payers will "foot

And CC tax payers will "foot the bill" for these new stores that pay "no taxes" as an incentive to locate in our fair burg. Our commissioners should retire with Rev Wright perks. Rock on CC. These "far sighted" morons have only to travel to NE Georgia to fine "the plan". Construction and greed. In Greed We Trust. The slogan far WalMart.

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OpenMinded 06/02/08 - 12:22 pm
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This is great for the

This is great for the Grovetown area. The Super WalMart in North Augusta is proof that this retailer can be fitted to the new urbanist feel, which focuses primarily on pedestrian access via sidewalks and trails. The Town Center concept fits perfectly with this pedestrian focus. Grovetown is already Columbia County's best value in quantity of house per dollar terms as well as in interstate access/mitigated traffic terms. The Gateway is like gourmet icing to the cake. I'm assuming they're going to include street trees so as not to take short cuts to new urbanism. This diamond in the rough is about to get its cuts and shine for the planning brilliance it is.

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