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And also, I just wanted to put a graphic of the Proposed MCG expansion. The New School of Dentistry is on the Current site of Gilbert Manor, that was recently sold by the City.

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Plans for the new kroc center going forward.

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112,000-square-foot social service complex off Broad Street.

Once completed, the glassed complex would include park and greenspace areas, classrooms, worship and conference space, offices for dozens of arts and social service groups, a 500-seat performing arts center and chapel, and many other amenities.

The center, which could open in 2010, also will include a full-sized fitness center with a gym, aerobic, weight and fitness training equipment; and an aquatics center with swim therapy programming, a waterslide and splash park and lap lanes.

The project will also have a full-time construction manager moving to Augusta from Atlanta on July 1, when Maj. Bruce Jones, who has been involved in other Kroc Center projects, will arrive.

A side project that has emerged during land acquisition involves the potential rehabilitation of some of the older Harrisburg homes that occupy the Kroc Center site.

"There are 26 landowners total, with 19 homes," he said. "We learned it would cost $8,000 apiece to demolish them, but found out they can be moved for $5,800 apiece."

Mr. Dugan is working with local engineer Rick Toole and the Historic Augusta Inc. group to find money to move the homes to nearby lots in Harrisburg, where they can be renovated and maintained and returned to their use as homes for deserving residents.

Discussions also are under way to involve the nearby Sibley Mill in the project. The vacant mill is under option to businessman Clay Boardman, who hopes to restore the site for housing and other uses, as he has with Enterprise Mill a few blocks away.

Also the james brown townhomes are going up on 9th street. There was a crane that i saw just earlier this week. I didn't have a camera though with me. If somebody goes downtown could you take some shots. And some recent shots of the whites building on broad. The james brown townhomes are on 9th. Make a right onto 9th if you are coming down walton way or a left if coming down laney walker. Im going to try and take some next time im downtown.

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Plans for the new downtown Augusta library were approved Tuesday by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Mark Lorah. Among the changes are those to the front entrance, which will be constructed with limestone instead of black granite, as originally proposed. Major changes also have been made to the Greene Street side of the building to make it more compatible with houses in that area. The $22 million building at James Brown Boulevard between Greene and Telfair streets will be built with special-purpose sales-tax money with oversight by the city's project manager.

Library in downtown Augusta

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That sucks I like the old design much better. I guess the Augusta Historic Pres. Commission doesnt appreciate anything other than older buildings. Its a shame.

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Downtown Atlanta and Savannah better watch out. Augusta's downtown is coming for the best downtown in georgia in the next few years.

Downtown Augusta going through redevelopment boom

Enterprise mill a 236,000-square-foot textile mill was transformed into high-class offices and apartments. It was a $20 million dollar project.

Now Clay Boardman the developer behind that project. Has plans to redevelop the sibley, and sutherland mill. Also the william robinson school.

Sibley Mill Project

His plans are to turn the 516,000-square-foot Sibley into a larger version of Enterprise, a mixed-use facility with office, retail and residential space. With the $30 million Kroc Center proposed directly across the Augusta Canal, Mr. Boardman sees Sibley as the first step toward revitalizing the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Sibley project, whose final price tag could run as high as $50 million.

By then, his two other adaptive reuse projects -- Sutherland Mill and the William Robinson School -- should be completed this fall.

Sutherland Mill project

With Sutherland Mill, a $7 million project, Mr. Boardman is creating medical offices in the 50,000-square-foot structure. Unlike most medical office space, the "medical condos" at the Sutherland building will allow tenants to own their spaces and customize them as they see fit. The building is bordered by Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, Enterprise Mill and the Salvation Army. The St. Sebastian Road project, which will extend the street across the canal and in front of Sutherland, will link the area to the medical district.

"We've already talked to three or four large physicians practices," Mr. Boardman said. "There's no longer any land for them to buy around the hospitals."

William Robinson project

The William Robinson School in the historic Summerville district will be converted into 27 luxury townhomes through a partnership with Mr. Boardman's brother, Braye, the president of Beacon Blue LLC. William Robinson project cost is $7 million

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Last week's lane shifts on the route to downtown Augusta are the early signs of the three-year, $30 million St. Sebastian Way highway project that will connect the city's medical centers to River Watch.

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It will be a 180,000 square foot building with a 67 million dollar price tag. The proposed center would sit along Walton Way and James Brown Blvd.

Construction is set to begin late this december. City leaders hope to finish the project by December 2010.

http://www.wrdw.com/politics/headlines/24083499.html

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July 31 opening set for White's Building

The renovated 80,000-square-foot building will contain 51 condos and first-floor commercial space.

The White Azalea restaurant and Casablanca Cafe coffee shop are scheduled to open in early August.

A vintage clothing store will also be a tenant, according to the owners, Atlanta-based Horizon Group Investments.

Construction of the third- and fourth-floor condos could be completed by the end of the year. The white's building will have 80 condos in all.

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There was reason to celebrate this past Thursday night on Broad Street: We saw the continuing wave of new private investment in downtown Augusta.

Several out-of-towners have become valued community partners

COMING ON THE heels of ESi, Toole Engineering and R.W. Allen's renovations, Metro Construction Group realized their dream of restoring the former J.B. White building exactly one year to the date of beginning. The building, which has sat vacant for more than two decades, is now one of the most spectacular multi-use redevelopments we have ever seen. The project -- which houses residences, offices, restaurants and retail -- will set the bar for future development in downtown Augusta.

What you probably know is that the developers are from Atlanta. At Thursday's grand opening, it was announced that they were enrolling their children in school for the fall and moving in the building this weekend until construction of their homes are complete. What a statement that makes. Two outsiders saw the greatness of our city. Welcome home to the Loudermilks and the Raeisghasems.

There will be more reason to celebrate in the near future. Harry Kitchen of the Foxfield Co. will bring a new 60,000-square-foot, Class A office building out of the ground on the city's Pension Property. We have not seen new upscale construction in downtown Augusta since the early 1990s. This multi-use project also will include a new hotel and luxury condominiums.

Finally, we welcome Cortland Dusseau from Birmingham, Ala. What you probably know is that he is the hotel developer for the new multi-use project near Augusta Common. This new project will contain not only a hotel, but condominiums and retail space as well.

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Downtown there finally seems like some activity going on. The library is underway, the judicial center area is being cleared, Condo-conversions on Broad Street are finished/finishing up, Starbucks and Quiznos at Marriott, townhomes on James Brown are up, St. sebastion way is "underway", and plenty of more projects starting soon!

I know there is a 4 story cardiac center being built at University Hospital but can anyone tell me what the crane is for that I see on JC expressway at the Medical College?

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Downtown there finally seems like some activity going on. The library is underway, the judicial center area is being cleared, Condo-conversions on Broad Street are finished/finishing up, Starbucks and Quiznos at Marriott, townhomes on James Brown are up, St. sebastion way is "underway", and plenty of more projects starting soon!

I know there is a 4 story cardiac center being built at University Hospital but can anyone tell me what the crane is for that I see on JC expressway at the Medical College?

Not to mention the green building, the emporium, and 100,000 for paving the sidewalks downtown specifically broad street. Downtown's growth is going very good.

The crane you saw is part of the St. Sebastian way. The project is only 30 million dollars. But when I ride downtown the project has about 7 cranes to itself. Three cranes on riverwatch pkwy, 3 on broad street, and 1 right infront of the medical district.

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Plans to redevelop the Laney Walker-Bethlehem neighborhood. The city of Augusta is investing millions in new homes and retail space. The move is intended to revive an historic district and drive in tourist. That's where the new redevelopment plan comes in, boasting new and renovated homes. There are three components.

"One is security," said Chester Wheeler, director of Housing and Community Development. "We'll have decorative fencing on the front. We'll also have sidewalks that have trees. We'll have rear alley entrances for garages so that individuals can move into their garage and into the house. The last component is commercial retail. We'll have housing on the top, and retail on the bottom."

$37.5 million in hotel/motel tax dollars will make it all possible. "It's an extremely important initiative for our city," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver. He went on to stress pre-approval.

Demolition and construction is expected to begin in March along Pine Street. New homes

have already started to emerge along Holley Street. Augusta commissioners have approved spending $750,000 a year for the next 50 years on inner city re-development.

Work begins on $37 million, "long overdue" inner city overhaul

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New condos and retail space are planned for the former Woolworth building, which has been vacant since 1992.

Atlanta-based Redstar Development will begin renovations this summer, possibly in July. The $2.5 million project includes 15 second-floor condos and street-level retail space. The renovations should take 10 months, said project manager Vince Williams.

The developers are "talking to big-box tenants," but they will most likely split the 20,000-square-foot retail space into four or five spaces, he said.

The development company has completed similar projects in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and Baltimore.

Condos slated for Woolworth building

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I don't know that anyone has mentioned the exciting new Master Plan that was completed earlier this year for the urban area on both sides of the Savannah River. It was done by ICON Architecture of Boston and envisions several urban villages or town centers connecting some of the city's assets with the downtown core. Perhaps my favorite part of the plan is to create active medians on Broad Street.

Broad Street median

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Augusta Master Plan

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The Medical District is getting another lowrise building. The School of Dentistry just broke ground for a new 5 floor building near its current site. It is an attractive building from what I saw briefly on the news. Looking forward to lots of growth in this area.

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Plans for the new downtown Augusta library were approved Tuesday by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Mark Lorah. Among the changes are those to the front entrance, which will be constructed with limestone instead of black granite, as originally proposed. Major changes also have been made to the Greene Street side of the building to make it more compatible with houses in that area. The $22 million building at James Brown Boulevard between Greene and Telfair streets will be built with special-purpose sales-tax money with oversight by the city's project manager.

Library in downtown Augusta

I see there's not much activity on this forum. But the new library came out looking very nice and very close to the rendering. It opened June 25, 2010:

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