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ATLman1

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  1. Have you been able to find out anything yet on the status of this project. it's still listed on Ben Carters website

    I will probably talk with him this week. I'll see what I can get out of him. I know they are still moving forward with the project though. It will just take longer to get going because of the economy.

  2. This is where The Village at Columbus Park was going to be isn't it? Woodruff/Jordan Realty rezoned land on both sides of Kohls, a small strip on the right and the Village at Columbus Park area on the left-hand side. Any idea which of these Hathaway is talking about?

    I will have to check on exactly where they plan on doing that. He didn't mention which side. I can definitely find out though from Hathaway or Ben Carter Properties.

  3. As I said before, this will also be a Doubletree Hotel, they have billboard up on I-185 saying "Coming Soon: Doubletree Hotel & Houlihans"

    Awesome news!

    I talked with a friend of mine at Hathaway Development here in Atlanta. The land that Woodruff is rezoning in CPC is for an apartment complex. It will have 220 units in the first phase and 140 I believe in the 2nd phase. This will be a large apartment development. Hathaway is building it possibly.

  4. Yeah, I think they're going to clear it and have it available for sale. If you'll e-mail me ([email protected]) I'll send you the site plan. No idea when they'll break ground, they just went before city council a few days ago.

    Where are you talking about this new retail center?? I just drove by there yesterday, didn't see a sign.

    Allen Development (think that is the name) has a sign on the piece at the corner of Veternans and Old Moon Road. He just developed that office building that sits back down the hill in the trees.

  5. Looks like Columbus could be welcoming another Walgreens location in North Columbus at the corner of Williams Rd and Veterans Parkway (with approval of the City). The site plan is below:

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    There is quite a bit of land on the parcel. Any word on what else might go there?

    Also, the land across the road has been cleared and has a sign up for a new retail center. Any word on when it might break ground?

  6. Looks like Columbus could be welcoming another Walgreens location in North Columbus at the corner of Williams Rd and Veterans Parkway (with approval of the City). The site plan is below:

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    Good news. Perfect location too. A broker friend of mine in Atlanta is scouting a few other locations for a Walgreens.

  7. I thought that I posted that on here: They're making the Sheraton a DoubleTree or atleast that's what some friends told me. I don't know what you're talking about across the street-- I haven't been in town this week.

    I thought they were going to be redeveloping the side where Office Depot is and Ben's Chop House.

  8. Hardee's in North Columbus is tearing down and rebuilding, this will help complete the The Landings new look, Sun Trust is also redoing their place too.

    That's good news. Any word on what they will be doing across the road and what flag will go on the Sheraton Hotel?

  9. Rob Doll Nissan to build new dealership in North Columbus

    Rob Doll Nissan which is located on Box Road near Midtown is about to break ground on a new $9million dealership to be located at the intersection of Whittlesley Road and Whitesville Road. Ground is scheduled to be broken at the end of this month on a new 50,000 Square foot showroom and service facility It's scheduled to open by May 2009. The new lot will cover 7.5 acres and the showroom is 3 times larger than the existing 14,000 square foot showroom on Box Road. In addition the present lot only holds about 150 vehicles and employs 53 people the new lot will employ 70 and hold over 300 cars.

    Any word on when they will start clearing the land?

  10. Hey - I am new to this site, but I wanted to add my 2 cents.... :) I am so glad and proud that Columbus has made so many improvements lately and are continuing to do so!

    I live on Milgen Rd, near the intersection of Milgen & Flat Rock Rd and I work at the Aflac campus in Corporate Ridge. The large area of land that's being cleared across from Rite Aid is for a TARGET GREATLAND!! I'm so excited - I like Target so much more than Wal-Mart!

    I will be happy if a Chick Fil A and other quality places go up in this area too!

    You all are a wealth of information! Thanks for sharing!

    Welcome to the forum! Good to have another Columbus supporter.

    Excellent news about the new Target Supercenter. Midland is about to take off it looks like. Swift redevelopment is next....just curious to see what goes there.

  11. There is a nice apartment project going up off of Chamblee Tucker Road in the Embry Hills shopping center called Montage Embry Hills. It will be a 4 story deal with 225 units and a parking deck. You can see it off of I-285.

  12. SEEN: Surveyors at the western terminus of North Bypass at US80 @ 280. That stretch of freeway is in the 2030 MPO as numbers 12 & 13 and 24 & 25. Hopefully, this is a good sign. Many of the projects on the slate before this one have been completed or are underway...

    Are you referring to the Swift site behind the Midland Wal-Mart Supercenter?

  13. Columbus has 2nd fastest wage growth in U.S.

    New data from the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Muscogee County has the second-fastest wage growth in the country.

    The report compares the 329 largest U.S. counties, as of the third quarter of last year. The average weekly wage of Muscogee County businesses between July and September was $696. That's up 12.1% from the third quarter of 2006.

  14. Since troops do figure into population, Columbus had a population spurt in the leadup to the Surge. Chattachoochee had increases in both the leadup to the war and the leadup to the surge. Otherwise, since 2000 Columbus had flat growth (0.4%) and Chattahoochee had negative growth (-57%).

    I still believe it is from the troop deployments. A lot of families move back home when their husbands and wives go off to war for a year or more. Also, a lot of people have moved across the river to Lee County. At this time, Lee County isn't part of Columbus' MSA. Also, there are many smaller units at Fort Benning that are deployed as well which could push that number up to 5000+. Columbus is doing well, it just looks bad because of the deployments and migration to Lee County because it is affordable. The 2010 census will probably knock everyone's socks off because the troops will be back and BRAC will be kicking in. Also, Lee County might become part of the MSA at that time.

  15. I guess what Aboutmetro is saying is:

    If Columbus' population was down by X, then how many troops were deployed and how many new citzens moved to the metro. Did the number of troops deployed exceed the number of new citizens. That could be the case though. Georgia's second most numeric gainer added 7800+ people. If Columbus added the same amount or similar and there were 15000 troops deployed then it could skew the number. Did I make any sense? I guess I'm saying that Columbus could be growing at the same rate as other fast growing metros but the numbers will not reflect that because of the large troop deployment.

    How can one obtain the number of troops deployed for July 2006 to July 2007?

    We have to remember that Ft. Benning is home to the 3rd ID and the Rangers, so obviously that is thousands upon thousands of people. It would be interesting to see how many total troops are deployed right now.

    Is the city of Columbus down or is it Chattahoochee County that is down? If it is Chattahoochee County, that is 100% due to the troops because that is where Ft. Benning is located.

  16. But that's the thing Atlman, these figures reflect no growth. If there were growth outside of troops, it should have shown up over a 7 year period with the ups and downs of population from troop movement through the area. I think there should be some real introspection regarding our growth strategies. Should we rely solely on Fort Benning? Kia is outside of our metro area. There are no current plans for large housing developments in Harris to supply Kia related housing, and any such plans are propably inadvisable given the build-up of proposed housing that will be unleashed after Troup County lifts its moratorium. At last count, there were proposals for almost 5,000 new units in that county. Given recent job losses, AFLAC's jobs when they come will probably fill a net loss rather than add much. All data indicate worker population continue to migrate to Lee County. Again, without knowing the troop population numbers moving in and out, it's very difficult to understand the true population numbers of the metro area and especially Columbus.

    A lot of Columbus's population growth is in Lee County and Harris County. Columbus is still doing well because there are a lot of apartment developments being constructed as well as new subdivision developments. Houses are still be built in a market where the housing industry is at all time low. Atlanta developers are gobling up land all over the city. The Grove development in Harris County is a massive development, but it will not cater to Kia workers. Kia will still have an effect on Columbus.

    There are a lot of new jobs being created. Most are under the radar though. The Selig Center at UGA predicted that Columbus will add more jobs than any other city in GA (except Atlanta) in the next few years. Columbus is in a transition period right now that is poised for exceptional growth. It will be interesting to see if Lee County is finally added to Columbus's MSA. If that happens, that will add 130,000 people to the Columbus MSA. Too bad Auburn/Opelika is on the other side of Lee County!!

  17. Thanks Lady. The AJC has more intimate knowledge of the area, I guess. I wonder if that is a known fact, or an assumption. I wish I new. It certainly sounds reasonable. I also wonder what the net is. I mean if Columbus lost 5,000 in population from troop deployment, were 7,000 troops deployed and the town grew by 2,000, or were 5,000 troops deployed and the growth was stagnant. We know that all of Columbus' notable growth spurts have been linked to Fort Benning expansions over the last 70 years.

    Columbus's growth is not only due to Fort Bennings growth but also corporate expansions as well. The 2010 census will show a notable increase in population once BRAC starts, more troops are back, Kia opens, Aflac's expansion is finished, etc.

  18. Columbus numbers are definately affected by soldier deployments. Chattachoochee County (just south of Columbus and largely in Fort Benning military reservation), which was last year's 'fastest growing' county in the entire nation, is down 43% in 2007 (159th in GA with Columbus at 156th). Continued migration to the 'burbs around Columbus too is evident by the 2.9% growth of Harris County from last year and the 1.9% growth in Lee County, AL (9th in Alabama) from '06. I believe that the '07 to '08 numbers will look a little different due to the change in homebuying habits caused by high gas prices. Though all areas are still down compared to last year due to economic stress, we're seeing much less buying in the suburbs and not as much decline in areas closer to town. So this year the area's numbers are unrealistically down just like next year they will be unrealistically up...

    I agree, I can't wait until BRAC kicks in! That's an additional 30,000-45,000 people to the Columbus area!!

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