News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Monday night's meeting was to approve an agreement between the North Augusta Riverfront Company and the City of North Augusta and the first and second readings were approved with a 5-2 vote.
That means North Augusta may be getting a riverfront park and even some more restaurants.
"People in North Augusta, we want those types of amenities, and we don't want to drive very far to get to them," said City Administrator Todd Glover.
Now, North Augusta could be getting a new riverfront park on the land sitting between Hammond's Ferry and the 13th Street bridge.
The plan would extend Center Street all the way to the riverfront.
"It'll be an extension of the Greeneway. There will be open area green space, playgrounds, some water features and access to the river. It'll be green space where people can throw the football or play soccer, throw the Frisbee, have a picnic," Glover said.
And that's not all -- the agreement between the North Augusta Riverfront Company and the City of North Augusta calls for some retail, too.
"Certainly everybody in North Augusta is interested in having more restaurants, so those are the types of things we'd like to target for the area," Glover said.
Glover says other retail shops -- like boutiques -- are also under consideration.
Leaders are hoping the new development will be good for business.
"We're just hoping that it'll keep dollars in North Augusta. We're hoping that people, instead of having to drive to other areas to spend their money, can stay here in town and spend that money here," he said.
The development will be centered between the Municipal Building and the Savannah River.
"If you cross Center Street from the Municipal Building and go straight across, it would be in that vicinity. And then the city will be building a riverfront park continuing from Georgia Avenue all the way down through Hammond's Ferry," Glover said.
He also says while there's still a lot of planning and design to be done, these changes could come sooner than you think.
"Hopefully within 2013, you'll see changes on the North Augusta riverfront," Glover said.
So there's a lot to do, but it takes three readings to make it official and get this project off the ground. That's set to happen at their next meeting on Dec. 17.