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Old 09-08-2015, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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The Central Business District continues to pick up steam...

People continue to move into downtown Augusta
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:42 PM
 
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Default People Continue To Move Into Downtown Augusta

This is a trend I feel will continue to increase, especially once Unisys reaches full employment. Also, I believe GRU will begin to increase its presence in DT Augusta over the next 15 years in a major way.

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Scott Bovain is now an empty nester and he's making life a little easier for himself, he moved to downtown Augusta.

"Thats why I'm able to do what I want now no more house living and lawn cutting and things like that," said Scott Bovain.

Scott is a part of the trend to move to the urban cores of America's cities. The Augusta Downtown Development Authority is welcoming it.

"We could add a couple hundred units tomorrow and that would make us very happy at the Downtown Development Authority, we need housing," said Augusta DDA Executive Director Margaret Woodard.

Peach Contractors say the demand is here. They started pre-leasing a new apartment building on Ellist Street, of the 19 units, half are full.

"Your baby boomers no longer need the swing sets and the school systems," said Woodard.

Along with renovating buildings, the DDA says there is a big demand for restoring historic homes into apartments as well. They say if housing is available and moved into, more businesses will come.

"We had 100 new employees added to the Wells Fargo Building you have UNISYS coming with 700 employees and last year we saw a net gain 18 new businesses open up on the Broad Street corridor," said Woodard.

Peach Contractors say millenials are playing a big part in downtown development as well.

"There's so many things to do here and people just don't know it," said Bovain.

As for Scott Bovain, he's enjoying his time as a grandfather and the time he is not spending maintaining a home.

"I love the city life and downtown this gives me the city life," said Bovain.
People continue to move into downtown Augusta
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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It's good to see people moving downtown. Broad Street gets better year after year.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:43 PM
 
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Good to hear... Would tend to believe that with the hundreds of jobs coming downtown soon and the Project Jackson development across the river, this trend of people moving downtown will continue.

***They better do something about parking now instead of later***
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Hephzibah Ga
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Naw we just need to find some way to fix this parking problem
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Old 09-09-2015, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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The easiest solution for parking is to build a parking deck on Reynolds for Unisys workers. Then remove all of the parking bays in the middle of Broad, and build a parking deck..
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Hephzibah Ga
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and build a parking deck..
And build the other parking deck where
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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And build the other parking deck where
middle of Broad,
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:46 PM
 
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Isn't there already a parking deck on Reynolds? In fact, I believe there are several....
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:12 PM
 
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Not really sure Reynolds needs one... but Broad street could use a couple of smaller parking decks. I would just fill in the underground spaces on Broad and leave them as surface spaces. If you make those spaces in the middle of Broad parking decks (is there enough room anyway?), all those mature trees will be gone and completely change the feel of that area.

I'd rather see a few of the run down and vacant store fronts be purchased and torn down, use those for the parking decks. Heck, a few of them are nothing but walls anyway. Google earth it, some don't even have roofs. String two of those in a row and entry/exit on both Broad and Ellis Streets, nothing the scale of the ones on Reynolds though.
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