Planning Commission gives approval to Kroc Center

Monday, May 4, 2009 4:33 PM
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The Salvation Army’s planned Kroc Center, considered a key to redeveloping upper Broad Street and Harrisburg, sailed through the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission today.

The commission unanimously approved a special exception for the 16-acre site at the intersection of Broad and Eve streets, as well as a zoning change from multiple-family residential to professional for about 11.5 acres near where Eve Street meets the Augusta Canal.

The issue goes before the Augusta Commission on May 19.

Salvation Army Maj. Bruce Jones, Kroc Center director, said he’s hoping to break ground in November or December.

Kroc Centers are part of the vision of Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. Mrs. Kroc, who died in 2003, left a $1.5 billion endowment to establish such centers across the nation and chose the Salvation Army to help implement her dream.

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HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/04/09 - 04:08 pm
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What a kroc.

What a kroc.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/04/09 - 04:11 pm
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Will this Kroc center not

Will this Kroc center not attract more homeless and generational welfare to the Harrisburg area?? Is this somehow supposed to revitalize Harrisburg. I mean don't get me wrong, I think it is great Augusta is getting such a facility, but the people who are claiming it is going to help gentrify Harrisburg are way off base. Can you imagine if they tried to build this in Evans?? There would have been a near riot.

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/04/09 - 04:53 pm
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Hill Guy - Derek Dugan (Kroc

Hill Guy -

Derek Dugan (Kroc Center Coordinator) here. The Kroc Center is not a homeless facility. It is an 85,000 square foot facilty on 17 acres containing a theater, arts, education and recreation facilities for all of Augusta. It will be fully funded through an endowment once a local campaign match is realized. We will be releasing all of the information on the Kroc Center on Monday May 11th - so please stay tuned (and ask more questions - I'll be checking in).

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 05/04/09 - 04:57 pm
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Augusta should completely

Augusta should completely bulldose Harrisburg and start over.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/04/09 - 05:01 pm
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I'm sure Butch Palmer will be

I'm sure Butch Palmer will be glad to hear this will not be a homeless shelter.

conservative
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conservative 05/04/09 - 06:08 pm
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The Kroc Center will house a

The Kroc Center will house a wide variety of community groups and agencies. It WILL offer medical and other types of services to the homeless. The proposal includes an INTERESTING mix!

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/04/09 - 06:33 pm
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Conservative - Sorry to

Conservative -

Sorry to correct you, but: "It WILL offer medical and other types of services to the homeless."

It absolutely will not contain medical services, nor homeless services. They will remain at our Greene Street facility. In fact, Joan Kroc specifically stated in her will that Kroc Centers could not contain those services.

It will contain an interesting mix, however. We cannot wait to release this information to the public.

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triscuit 05/04/09 - 07:08 pm
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Glad Mr. Dugan is on here to

Glad Mr. Dugan is on here to put a stop to rumors and misinformation.

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/04/09 - 08:29 pm
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Thanks - glad to keep a clear

Thanks - glad to keep a clear message. In all fairness, it has taken many different forms until we developed this final plan for the Augusta Kroc Center. At one time it did contain a medical clinic and the ability to relocate many non-profits, but that has changed. It does contain many very unique and exciting components, but nothing homeless based. The Salvation Army is a church first and foremost, so it will be a facility witth programming based in our founding principles, and so much more.

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 05/04/09 - 09:51 pm
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What will the membership fees

What will the membership fees be?

dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/05/09 - 01:19 am
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me thinks jim bob isn't

me thinks jim bob isn't firing on all cylinders

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/05/09 - 02:19 am
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HillGuy, LOL The citizens in

HillGuy, LOL The citizens in Evan's can provide for themselves.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/05/09 - 03:48 am
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The Salvation Army is the

The Salvation Army is the best charitable organization that the United States has, when it comes to helping those in need. If you have donations give them to the Salvation Army instead of Good Will.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/05/09 - 05:42 am
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I'm just guessing that this

I'm just guessing that this will not be a facility that will necessarily attract higher income professional people. It sounds like this will offer services primarily to the lower income people. Again, I think this is a needed facility in that area, but I think some people have a misconception that it will help gentrify Harrisburg.

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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 06:23 am
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Jim-bob ...Harrisburg has

Jim-bob ...Harrisburg has many fine structures. It is a diamond in the roughj. It sounds to me that your taste is all in your mouth.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 06:34 am
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Summerville, West Augusta,

Summerville, West Augusta, North Augusta and many other upwardly mobile people from these areas will come to the Kroc. Look at Augusta downtown traffic every day. Every other car has a Columbia County tag. Some of these people wil visit the Kroc too. They of course will need a Starbucks near by after they finish their work outs. They will also enjoy quaint upscale restaurants, bookstores and boutiques. The Kroc will usher in gentrification to Harrisburg and the West End..

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/05/09 - 07:18 am
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How will a center offering

How will a center offering social services primarily to the poor usher in gentrification? I really don't think you will see ppl from Evans or "The Hill" coming down to use the "social services" at the Kroc center. If this center can help reduce alcoholism, out of wedlock births, and gang activity in the area, then it will improve Harrisburg. If it can offer training to get these ppl productive and off the bottle, then its a big plus overall.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 07:29 am
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The Kroc center will offer a

The Kroc center will offer a recreational facility that is TOTALLY unavailable anywhere else in the C.S.R.A. The aquatics center, rock climbing, and work out equipment will be world class. Who does not want the best?

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 07:34 am
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Property values have soared

Property values have soared anywhere in the US where a Kroc cneter has opened. Why should Augusta be any different?

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/05/09 - 07:36 am
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Jim-Bob, Membership fees will

Jim-Bob, Membership fees will be comparable to other facilities in the area for workout facilities and the aquatics center. More details will be released on Monday! Stay tuned.

HillGuy - of the 85,000 square feet in the facility, there will be less than 6,000 square feet devoted to any sort of social service which are appointment based services only. While it is a component of the center, it is a significant minority of the services offered.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 07:37 am
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HillGuy ...The smart

HillGuy ...The smart investment in realestate is in Harrisburg and the time to invest is now before prices go up.

dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/05/09 - 07:38 am
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rock and roll Sargent, this

rock and roll Sargent, this development can only be good for Harrisburg!! Wish Broad st. burgers didn't have to go to make way for it though

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/05/09 - 07:38 am
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"Property values have soared

"Property values have soared anywhere in the US where a Kroc cneter has opened. Why should Augusta be any different?"
-That is absolutely correct. In San Diego, the neighborhood went from a 36% occupancy rate to 94% in five years with strong residential, commercial and office development. The history is there for growth and we are planning for that to happen in Harrisburg.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 07:42 am
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To state it quiet simply the

To state it quiet simply the Finest most comprehensive recreational ...state of the art...facility in Gerogia will be in Harrisburg, Augusta, GA. Who does not want the best? Especially those upwardly mobile people who have discriminating taste. Sounds like a likley place for gentrification to occur to me.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 07:52 am
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The Summerville neighborhood

The Summerville neighborhood has more section 8 rental houses this year that ever before and due to all of the foreclosures more section 8 is coming to Summerville. All neighborhoods have life cycles. They come and go. Harrisburg is the up and coming real estate in Augusta.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 05/05/09 - 09:03 am
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Make sure your pistol licence

Make sure your pistol licence is up to date.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/05/09 - 09:29 am
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Will it have a McDonald's??

Will it have a McDonald's??

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Slavicthunder 05/05/09 - 09:41 am
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This thing should be good for

This thing should be good for the city only if the homeless are not given housing there. No matter what you do they will tear it apart.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/05/09 - 09:46 am
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The last thing Harrisburg

The last thing Harrisburg needs is another homeless shelter. It doesn't sound like that's what this Kroc thing will be though.

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/05/09 - 10:17 am
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Three questions to answer-

Three questions to answer- First, it will have full time security staff. Second, no - no McDonald's (sadly) but it will have dining opportunities and third - no, not a homeless facility at all.

Please continue to send questions.

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