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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  • by norm Location: augusta on Sep 24, 2007 at 04:44 PM
    WHY DOES THE COMMIONERS KEEP TRYING TO SPEND (YOURS MINE OUR MONEY)TO TRY AND IMPRESS EVERYONE BUT US (THE TAX PAYERS)FIX THE THINGS IN AUGUSTA THAT NEED TO BE FIXED.DON'T KEEP ADDING THINGS THAT WON'T MAKE A DIFFERANCE HERE IN AUGUSTA.THIS IS AUGUSTA NOT SOME PLACE THAT THE IDEAS YOU WANT TO PERSUE THAT WORKED IN OTHER TOWNS AND STATES.I MY SELF AM TIRED OF MY TAXES GOING UP EVERY TIME YOU (THE COMMISIONERS)HAVE SOME FANTASY/DREAM THAT YOU MIGHT MAKE SOME TYPE OF LEGACY,THAT IT WAS YOUR IDEA THAT MIGHT MAKE YOUR FAMILY THINK OF YOU FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.AUGUSTA WAS AT ONE TIME A BEAUTIFUL CITY AND PLACE TO BE PROUD OF.BUT NOW FROM TIME TO TIME IT CAN REALLY BE AN IMBASEMENT.TO LIVE HERE AS TO THE WAY THINGS ARE HANDLED BY (NOT MY OPION)OF A COMMISION/LOCAL GOVERMENT.CAN'T SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ELSE BUT WITH ALL THE IDEAS THAT HAS CAME TRUE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS WHEN MY TAXES GO UP SO DOES MY HOUSE PAYMENT.HONESTLY IF THINGS DON'T CHANGE NO ONE BUT THE RICH WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE IN AUGUSA
  • by David Location: Augusta on Sep 24, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    While I think the model presented is a wonderful hobby and has some good ideas; I can't help but wonder why suddenly when Commissioner Cheeks proposal and strong public support comes about, there appears to be several of our "self appointed" leaders tossing other ideas out. This city has me jaded because I believe some of the power brokers in the community are using this as a diversion (smoke and mirrors, bait and switch) to divert public support and attention away from an actual proposal with the intended end result being that nothing gets done. I would love to know why? Until the grass roots of this community organizes to move us forward we will remain stagnant in order to secure the established power base, politics and old money elitists.
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