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Neighbors doubtful of plans for south Augusta music park

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It's still a field of rubble and weeds, but in two weeks, Charles Collins is determined to transform this lot into the Turn On Your Radio Music Park, a 24-acre venue that will hold 25,000 people.

"It only takes one week to get this venue ready to go," Collins said.

Collins is now managing the project after his partner Lawson Graham backed out of the deal. And this isn't the first time, Collins has been left hanging. In 2009, Collins was set to build an all-girl raceway in North Carolina, but says his sponsors withdrew from the project.

"The sponsors stopped payment on the checks, so it caused my checks when they were already made out and ready to go out and stuff, it became insufficient," Collins said.

Collins was charged with three counts of obtaining property by false pretense. This happened while he had warrants for his arrest in Florida, where he was later charged with contracting without a license. There, he tried to build another all-girl speedway in the area. These incidents leaving many to wonder if the plans will ever come to fruition. But Collins said that was his past, and he is prepared to do this project right.

Collins said his only issue now is getting sponsors and local businesses excited about the venue. But neighbors in the area don't think the project will be complete in time for Masters Week.

"I don't think it could be completely ready," said Kim Brannon, who lives in walking distance to the field. She's looking forward to something that could help her community grow.

"I think it's a great idea," Brannon said. "It'll bring business to the area, and it's good, clean entertainment."

Now all Collins wants is for residents and businesses in South Augusta to get behind him and support this  music park.

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