Good Food Markets is eyeing Laney-Walker Boulevard area
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - People who live in the Laney-Walker Blvd. area in Richmond County have limited access to affordable and nutritious food.
The City’s Housing and Community Development team and members of New South Initiative discussed a potential grocer Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Good Food Markets is interested in developing in District 1. The city hopes to make it happen as soon as possible, however, there is no current timeline.
#HappeningNow: .@goodfoodmarkets, a community grocer that caters to underserved areas, is interested in building in the Laney- Walker corridor,according to .@CityofAugusta’s housing & community development team. Meeting is to discuss food deserts in the area.— Jasmine Anderson (@JAndersonWFXG) October 15, 2019
Dr. Von Pouncey from New South Initiative said she expected more from the meeting.
“What do we do in the interim to close the gap of the fact that we have a need that exists right now for senior citizens and individuals that have transportation problems? So, I expected a more immediate plan that we would be able to unfold within a month or two," Dr. Pouncey said.
District 9 Commissioner Marion Williams said he supports the city’s efforts but he wants to see inclusion.
“So with the new people coming in, they’re looking at bringing a food thing in and I’m in support of that. But, what about the people that are already here? What about the people that need this food now that can’t find a place, that live in District 1, District 2?" he asked.
However, the City’s Housing and Community Development director said the plan to bring a grocery store to the area has been in the works for at least five years.
“We’re talking about two historic areas, 1,100 acres, that have been destitute for the last 50 years. It’s taken the last 10 years for us to progress to a point where development is rampant from a residential standpoint," said Augusta’s Housing and Community Development Director Hawthorn Welcher.
He added his department has looked at 10 to 12 grocery entities and it is important to bring an affordable grocer that can cater to all economic types. He said although Good Food Markets hasn’t committed, the current revitalization of the area is a perfect fit for the grocery chain’s market.
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