Will Cyber Command growth help South Augusta?


Some say all signs lead to anywhere but the Garden city because of how South Augusta looks.

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News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) --Fort Gordon Cyber Command will add thousands of jobs. Augusta leaders say they want to make sure they are ready.

The estimated 3,700 jobs could add an extra 10,000 people to the area. The CSRA alliance says about 60 percent of Fort Gordon families move to Columbia County.

Some say all signs lead to anywhere but the Garden city because of how South Augusta looks.

"No I wouldn't move to Richmond County and that's why we are losing so many people to Columbia county," said Commissioner Bill Lockett. Lockett wants the commission to make South Augusta more attractive for the thousands coming for Cyber Command.

He's wants the city to adopt parts of Deans Bridge road and Gordon Highway leading to and from Fort Gordon. He wants the city to start cutting rightaways, spruce up medians and tear down dilapidated properties.

Antonio Simpkins lives in South Augusta and agrees the city could look better.

"I guess make it better for everybody to come through and see. People would have things to look at instead of this," Simpkins said.

"The people coming will do no different than you when they start looking for a place to live. They are going to look at the quality of schools and at crime rates," said CSRA Executive Director Thom Tuckey.

Tuckey is working on the roads. Tuckey is developing plans with leaders in Columbia and Richmond Counties to accommodate the 3,000 additional cars that will hit the roads. He wants both counties to chip in and help build a new $50 million gate on post to ease traffic. City leaders say preparation is key.

"Why would anyone want to turn right at the main gate or turn left and come in this direction with what we have out there," said Commissioner Lockett. Lockett says by making South Augusta more inviting all signs will lead to Augusta.


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