North Augusta plans to spend millions on new riverfront park
The leaves aren't the only thing
changing along South Carolina's riverfront.
"The first phase you'll see will
be toward the river, right beyond those trees," said North Augusta's
Administrator, Todd Glover.
Tuesday Glover envisioned what a new
park, approved by city council members Monday will look like.
"A seven acre park that will be
along the river that will be public access," Glover, said.
The park would stretch from Beockh
Park to the Georgia Avenue Bridge and would offer folks much more than a place
to play with their pooch.
"Green space for playing football
and picnicking or things like that, a playground for the kids and the
Greeneway," Glover, said.
When Glover pictures the park, he also
sees mid-level to upscale restaurants and boutiques.
"10 to 15 new businesses down
there on the river and certainly we're hopeful that that's the minimum,"
He's also hoping for a boathouse and water
feature. To bring the plans to life they're partnering with the North Augusta
Joel Ozburn said he's looking forward
to the changes, ""I think it will be great, the way they're developing. I
think they've done real well with Hammond's Ferry; so I'm looking forward to
some new development and some new restaurants down here."
Although they are still in the design
stage, Glover says they'll will probably spend millions of dollars on the project and will start to move dirt in 2013.
"18 to 14 months you may actually
see a grand opening of something down there," Glover, said.
The pending development is giving
residents something to look forward to.
"I'll be looking out for all the development
coming to this area," Ozburn, said.
Glover says they can start moving forward with the plans
once the project is approved at the third city council reading - which will be
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