Millions of dollars going toward downtown Augusta revitalization

Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 6:16 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - It’s been years in the making, but plans are moving forward to revitalize streets in downtown Augusta.

We’re learning those plans could take between two and a half, and three years. This includes the 13th, Fifth, Sixth, Telfair and Greene streets.

Estimates for the work are around $50 million.

Designs for Broad Street were also thrown into the mix, but there’s no price tag or due date. We asked neighbors about their thoughts on one idea to completely level the parking pits that sit in the middle of the street.

“I do think these little in-between spots, like where the downtown Augusta sign is, and where the trees are and where the James Brown statue is, I think those are important things to keep. I think as long as we’re able to get rid of the wells and create more parking,” said John Porter, Downtown Soul City.

This project still needs to be approved by Augusta commissioners. District 1 Commissioner Jordan Johnson says he’s optimistic about getting it started.

“This is a project that’s been in the works for quite some time and it’s much needed. I mean, when you look at downtown that’s behind me, it really speaks as to why this project is so necessary,” he said.

If the commission gives the go-ahead in the coming months, it would take two to three years to finish the other streets.