New Augusta Canal development proposal

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, September 21, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The ideas just keep coming in. There is another proposed development along the Augusta canal. This one is called "Telfair Station." Cool says a young student of the project. It is a sentiment echoed by the kids and adults we talked with. "I think it's great." says Lara Lott.

All this fuss is about a new model display at Augusta's Enterprise Mill Museum. The man behind it is a design consultant by day and a model guru the rest of the time...Michael Teffeteller. He says, "I just wanted to put my two cents in what I thought could happen...would like to see in downtown."

This is yet another development option along Augusta's canal. His suggestion is to build apartments, shops, and offices all centered around the canal. His model even shows the proposed new courthouse and a James Brown cafe and museum. Mike says, "It's a hobby that I have and the hobby has turned into almost work. But I really enjoy it."

Mike spent 10 months putting it together. City leaders call it huge. City administrator Fred Russell says, "It's something that I find very exciting. It's a dream and somebody that put a lot of effort into something that's gonna help make Augusta look better."

Museum director, Dayton Sherousse says he's happy to make what he calls...such an innovative project available to the public. Sherousse says, "You try to use visuals like this to try to create enthusiasm and get people excited about what can happen in Augusta."

Mike says, "I don't expect the project to look like this. It's just an idea that I have put forth and maybe someone can come through and actually develop and let's continue to make Augusta grow." Growth is one thing. But some call the project far reaching. City administrator Fred Russell says, "Disneyland wasn't nothing but a swamp until some guy decided you oughta have a mouse there. I mean come on...let's talk about what we can do."


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