News 12 at 11 / Monday, June 16, 2014
Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) --The Army's Cyber Command is bringing a lot of families to the area and developers are ready to build homes for them, but sometimes growth doesn't sit too well in established areas.
Two wooded lots could become new homes as Augusta braces for more people.
"I saw a lot of growth here with Cyber Command, APD, and SRS. A lot of other companies are hiring now and that's a good sign," said builder Gary Gilmer.
Gilmer says there's no doubt Augusta is growing and the US Army Cyber Command coming to Fort Gordon has a lot to do with it.
"I think they are a very big player in the market for needing housing. It's a need, it's not just a wish list. It's very important," he told News 12.
"I believe that Augusta is getting ready for the growth," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Copenhaver says Cyber Command is already bringing the kind of development the city hasn't seen before and the housing industry will benefit.
"It's going to be a shot in the arm for the housing market and real estate market in general," he said.
Before Gilmer can start banging hammering, he's got to convenience homeowners off Skinner Mill Road he's doing the right thing.
"People were concerned about traffic. They were concerned about the price point, even though we were on par with the price square footage of their homes," he said.
His first plan was to build 66 townhomes is a move many in the area rejected, but he hopes neighbors feel differently about the 36 single family homes he now wants to build. Gilmer says the homeowners will benefit, because attracting folks to Augusta is better than having them move somewhere else.
"I think it is so important that people keep their money at home and have it work in their own tax base," he said.
Gilmer Construction will take that new 12 million dollar building plan back to the Richmond County Planning Commission in July. They hope to break ground in October.