South Augusta on the rise, new plans for new business

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Friday, July 25, 2014

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- Business has been fruitful. Babette Powells peaches, the ripest off Peach Orchard Road.

"Sales were good, they weren't fantastic though," said Powell.

Her produce stand relies on the road. Without the traffic, her stand is baron.

"Maybe that traffic will flow down this way," she said.

All from shopping center still in the works, to put South Augusta back on the map.

"It would be better, we won't have to go all the way up to Wheeless Road and Wheeler Road to do our shopping," said Powell.

But here at the intersection of Peach Orchard Road and Windsor Spring Road, the signs have been taken down, the glass windows are empty. Business is dead.

Trouble has already hit this area. First, a shooting at KFC and then an armed robbery at Burger King, just months apart.

"We just have to make the good outweigh the bad." said Aubrey Highsmith. "There's an opportunity, we think, for something else to move in."

The rumors are swirling and we asked Highsmith if he's heard of any.

"I'm not so sure about those things some time, they are rumors you know," said Highsmith.

He's the president of the Pride and Progress Committee focused on improving quality of life and safety.

"They do have an interest in our area here and are willing to make an investment," he said.

It's tenative but the Windsor Square shopping center could be torn down and built back up. Everyone around here is ready for South Augusta to finally flourish.

"Hopefully it's going to increase our sales," said Powell.