EVANS, GA (WFXG) - The Development Authority of Columbia County has released plans for the Plaza at Evans Towne Center. The Plaza will be located on Evans Town Center Boulevard, directly across from the Lady Antebellum Theater and Evans Towne Center Park.
County officials have been working on the concept for nearly five years. The plaza is expected to become the center of a downtown area for Columbia County, something residents said they can't wait to see.
"It will be a new adventure for Columbia County, and I think it will add to the growth and development, and it's exciting," said Angela Brock with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
Nearly 300 thousand square feet of space, and a $65 million investment. The empty lot across from Evans Towne Center Park will soon be The Plaza at Evans Towne Center.
"They wanted to see a downtown Evans, a city-center feel locally," said Robert Bennett, the Executive Director of the Columbia County Development Authority.
The new space is set to include a cultural arts center, retail space, office space and more. Residents like Ashley Anderson said this new project will only add to the growing county.
"I kind of like the idea of having more restaurants and places to shop so that we don't have to fight the traffic on Washington Road to go to Richmond County and the mall, and stuff down there," Anderson said.
"It just provides an outlet, not only for the residents, but for the business community as well to have somewhere to go to walk, to shop," Brock said.
While the plaza will be developed over the next few years, the ultimate goal is to finally give Columbia County the downtown area it deserves.
"It creates a compliment. It creates a venue that does not exist locally," Bennett said. "We have many retail centers, but we do not have something that the residents are drawn to as a city-center."
The big question from residents: What stores are coming to the Plaza? Bennett said he's looking an upscale feel for the area, and everything from local boutiques and restaurants, to even some national chains are being considered.
Part of the plan includes a new headquarters for Meybohm REALTORS®. The 20,000-square-foot building will house more than 100 agents and other staff in a 20,000 square foot space.
Phase one of the project is expected to start construction and development in just a few short months.