60-acre housing development coming to south Augusta area

On Brown Road and right off Old Waynesboro Road, you’ll see the outline of this gated community.
Published: Apr. 28, 2023 at 12:12 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Ground has been broken for a new project in south Augusta.

Augusta Mayor Garnett Johnson posted on Facebook to share the ground-breaking ceremony Thursday.

The project will be called Premier Estates.

It’s the first gated community there with a $20 million investment on 60 acres of land. It’ll also have a pickleball court.

We caught up with the project planners to learn more about these new homes.

“It’s exciting to see different kinds of developments coming that way,” said Commissioner Brandon Garrett.

On Brown Road and right off Old Waynesboro Road, you’ll see the outline of this gated community.

“I think it’s really good we’re going to have a diverse offering for people to live and move,” he said.

Garrett says there are expected to be two phases. The website shows Premier Estates will have 45 lots with five-floor plans.

The homes will range from four to six-bedroom houses.

“One of the things that has hampered our county as a whole is the lack of development in the county, especially the southern part of the county. We have infrastructure needs that need to be addressed and this is how we get there,” he said.

South Augusta is and has been the outspoken area of Richmond County calling for growth and more amenities.

“We want to see more restaurants. We want to see more shopping. We want to see more grocery stores. None of those things happen unless you have rooftops,” he said.

Not only is there a growing number of housing options on the Brown Road corridor, but businesses are also blooming there.

“One of the needs for this area and why it’s so important to build and encourage development is right down the road is the Augusta Corporate Park, we have Starbucks, we have two or three different manufacturing plants that are under construction right now, so providing these workers with homes inside of Richmond County is really important. That’s why you’re seeing this support,” said Garrett.

The website shows the lots start at $68,900. There’s no timeline for when this project will be finished.