North Augusta Municipal Center open for public tour Sunday

Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:00 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 5:12 PM
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North Augusta officials will give the public its first opportunity to look inside the new North Augusta Municipal Center on Sunday.

Although the buzz is about the municipal center opening for the first public tours, the opening really marks the beginnings of North Augusta developing as a "must-see" spot along the Savannah River. Based on the master plan drawn up with Augusta Tomorrow this year, the new downtown will lead to development around the building.

The opening of Center Street, which stretches from the intersection of Georgia and Bluff avenues to the Savannah River through Hammond's Ferry, a mixed-use development, will open the area to more development.

Here's a schedule of Sunday's and upcoming events:

IF YOU GO

WHERE: Center Street

WHEN: 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday

- 1:30 p.m. Center Street ribbon-cutting ceremony

- 3 p.m. Municipal Center ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Palmetto Terrace Ballroom (fourth floor). Public invited to tour building. Performance by the Henrys.

ABOUT THE BUILDING

Created by the Boudreaux Group out of Columbia. Design was meant to be "traditional, timeless, welcoming and reflective of southern hospitality, serving as a catalyst and model for future town center development and possessing a strong civic presence," according to Heather Mitchell, the project manager of the company.

FUTURE PLANS

Historic North Augusta: Will create a town center toward the river from the new municipal building, connecting to Hammond's Ferry. Project costs estimated at $55 million, with $50 million coming from private funding. Expected to be established over the next 20 years.

Westobou Crossing: Will create a pedestrian bridge, possibly by closing the Fifth Street Bridge, that will link to Augusta.

Old Hamburg: Will create mixed-use community including housing, restaurants, retail, boat dock and fishing venue.

Buena Vista: Create a neighborhood similar to Hammond's Ferry in the East Buena Vista area.

UPCOMING OPENINGS

MUNICIPAL BUILDING: July 13, pending launch list completion. Hours will be Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTER: July 7. Hours will be Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ONLINE EXTRA

Video: An inside look at the new municipal building


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