Gordon Highway beautification is mission for businesses

Monday, June 8, 2009 10:43 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:43 PM
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Gordon Highway and its aging array of eyesores could be transformed into a scenic thoroughfare under a long-range beautification project planned by area businesses.

“The initial goal is a thorough cleanup of garbage and old signs,” said Henry Frischknecht, a member of a committee assembled by Pride & Progress and Acura of Augusta. “We want this to lead to a compete beautification project with tree plantings and landscaping.”

The project will officially launch at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, when volunteer groups will assemble at Southgate Shopping Center to begin the delittering operation.

Mr. Frischknecht said hundreds of volunteers will be needed to help clean various segments of the highway. The committee has identified 409 businesses located along Gordon Highway who are being approached and asked for assistance in the campaign.

Augusta commissioners are providing bags for the litter, and groups that have planned to participate range from church organizations to scouting groups and garden clubs. Prisoners may be deployed to help with the labor, too, he said.

“This community wide project is an effort to bring consumers back to the Gordon Highway and maintain a beautiful place to work and live,” said Acura of Augusta manager Rick Brady, in a letter sent to all Gordon Highway businesses.

The Augusta-Richmond County code enforcement office has already been at work along Gordon Highway removing hundreds of signs illegally placed along rights of way. Letters are also being sent asking owners of permanent billboards and signs asking that they repair or remove the ones that are no longer in service.

“Most of the businesses that have received individual letters have been very cooperative and/or have already repaired or removed signs, or are working on them,” said an emailed update from the code enforcement office. About 25 such letters were sent to Gordon Highway businesses.

The upcoming litter cleanup is a precursor to a more longterm effort at beautification that will affect the highway from the Savannah River all the way to the Columbia County line, Mr. Frischknecht said.

“It’s going to be a big project and it’s going to take some time,” he said. The project will include tree plantings, landscaping and other activities on both public and private properties.

Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact Mr. Brady at 706-737-5200 or email to rbrady@acuraofaugusta.com.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119 or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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If you want to help:

Litter cleanup: 6:30 a.m. Saturday June 27

Meeting location: Southgate Shopping Center

More info: Rick Brady, 706-737-5200, rbrady@acuraofaugusta.com.

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Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/08/09 - 10:09 am
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You can clean it up, but

You can clean it up, but until you get rid of the crime people are not coming back.

avesposito
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avesposito 06/08/09 - 10:20 am
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Thanks to all the hard work

Thanks to all the hard work by Rick Brady of Acura of Augusta and the Augusta Pride and Progress group. I will certainly be there at 6:30am on the 27th to help out.

LEO
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LEO 06/08/09 - 11:58 am
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I'm not a fan of eminent

I'm not a fan of eminent domain, but maybe it's time for the county to condemn the crime-ridden crack hotels on Gordon Highway and tear them down for the greater good of the citizens of the area.

sunnyday
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sunnyday 06/08/09 - 01:38 pm
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Amen, LEO.

Amen, LEO.

brentwinner
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brentwinner 06/08/09 - 02:06 pm
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Well no one is going to get

Well no one is going to get rid of the crime except for the residents and business of that area so this is a great first step towards that end.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/08/09 - 05:25 pm
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Acura of Augusta sux!

Acura of Augusta sux!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/08/09 - 05:47 pm
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LEO, some of them are for

LEO, some of them are for sale. Take out a loan and do it yourself. Don't get my tax dollars involved.

communityminded
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communityminded 06/08/09 - 06:24 pm
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well milton and atctaylord i

well milton and atctaylord i see Rick and acura working towards cleaning up our comminty for the benifit of all with out asking for anything from any one, do you think perhaps you could show up and help abit also?
bwinner is correct we have to do the clean up ourself, and frankly i dont beleive in government help and never collected any kind of gov money. i just sucked it up and worked hard.
so how about can you guys make it on the 27th?

robaroo
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robaroo 06/08/09 - 06:57 pm
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This is a great idea.

This is a great idea. Whenever the garbage disappears, some of the crime goes away too. Some policing and a decade will have Gordon Hwy as nice as the rest of Augusta.

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