North Augusta soldiers on with continued revitalization efforts

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- North Augusta is doing a lot of work to grow their downtown.

Christopher Alexis is a first responder who uses the Greeneway to stay in shape every day.

"I do about 18 miles on this Greeneway,” Alexis said.

He's heard about plans to expand the trails and welcomes them.

"I'm about growth,” Alexis said. “I'm very progressive in my stance of what I think this city could possibly be."

Enter North Augusta Forward and Director Avery Spears Mahoney who just met with Augusta's Downtown Development Authority on Thursday.

"We want to be where they're not,” Mahoney said. “We don't want to be in a competitive position with downtown Augusta."

Months ago, Main Street USA presented its plans to revitalize North Augusta's downtown.

New restaurants, loft office spaces, and retail are in in the works for Georgia Avenue along with landscaping and beautification.

"The treescape would allow for a canopy over the businesses and as you use the sidewalks,” Mahoney said.

Main Street gave North Augusta a road map, one they're now sharing with Augusta. To Mahoney, each downtown can play off each other.

"We see that as a compliment to what we are doing,” Mahoney said.

One way that happens, is extending the Greeneway into downtown Augusta and North Augusta.

"Possibly with the bridge expansion project, there may be opportunities there to make those connections,” Mahoney said.

Widening and beautifying the 13th Street Bridge is another big part that could happen by 2022.

"I would love to see the two cities bridged together,” Mahoney said. “It's a great opportunity -- economic opportunity -- a great opportunity for the people of Augusta and North Augusta."

Talks are just beginning, but the future looks bright.

North Augusta Forward is in the process of forming committees for each phase of downtown and finding people to head them. But they say now more than ever, they and Augusta are excited about where they're headed.

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