Augusta's downtown redevelopment plan review begins Monday

Augusta's downtown redevelopment plan review begins Monday

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Here's another chance for Augusta residents to have a say in what the city will look like!

Leaders have finished an updated downtown redevelopment plan and starting next week, residents can chime in with their feedback.

The Municipal Building, Old Greene Street Library and Broad Street were all on the list during 2013's Downtown Redevelopment Plan.

This time around, officials say they're focused on creating a blueprint of demographics and needs to help potential investors find the perfect spot in Augusta to call home.

"It outlines what the population is, how many employers are in the area, what's the mix of development already existing in the area," said Carletta Singleton, strategic regional manager for planning and development.


Singleton said it's the local government's job to set a framework for development to happen, so painting a clear picture of what the city looks and feels like is the first step towards sustaining growth.

"We want to find out is there a need for more hotel development downtown? Is there a need for more business, or entertainment, or restaurants?" said Singleton.

A few years ago, the answer to those questions may have been no.

But, as the city's landscape changes, so does the demand for those amenities.

"Right now, there's the Project Royal building where you have Unysis and lofts, residential, in some of the downtown business that were commercial retail," said Singleton. 

Singleton said that's why it's so important that the city hears directly from the most important stakeholders--residents.

"Come in and give us their opinion on what they see is needed downtown...what type shops and businesses they'd like to have. And from a business perspective, if there's business opportunities," said Singleton.

The 15-day Public Review and Comment Period starts Monday and will go through September 26th.

Officials from planning and development will hold meetings for residents to ask questions and provide feedback on:

Wednesday, September 14, at the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta 936 Broad Street, Suite 107 Augusta, GA 30901. 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 Linda Beazley Community Room, 1st Floor 535 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901. 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

To view the plan, you can visit: http://www.augustaga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8043

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