December 2016

Rafik “Rafy” Bassali started buying vacant downtown properties three years ago. The 29-year-old owner of the local boutique chain The Swank Company says he couldn’t figure out why more business people weren’t snapping up real estate in the city center. “It seemed to me the properties were way undervalued, given that Broad Street is always going to be Broad Street,” he...

It’s a plan to revolutionize the way many see the city of Augusta.  Private investors helping to transform the Garden City one innovator, and one downtown block at a time. From the outside, the Johnson Building and old Woolworth’s department store that sit on the corner of 8th and Broad Streets look like just your average buildings. But what’s about to transform...

Deonte Moses came to Augusta three years ago from Baltimore to attend Paine College, but the senior could be sticking around after graduation. “It’s a place I could see myself living for the next 10-15 years,” he said. For one, the nice house he is renting in North Augusta would cost two to three times as much in his native Baltimore. “For...

The Pentagon’s announcement to move Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon – Dec. 19, 2013 – was a ground-shaking event. Now, nearly three years later, it’s time for the groundbreaking event. On Tuesday, local, state and federal officials will join senior Army leaders in ceremonially starting construction on the first phase of a 324,000-square-foot facility for those charged with defending America’s most...

Augusta officials reflected on the legacy of families who for decades made their home in the city’s urban core at a Thursday groundbreaking. The “Legacy at Walton Green” is going up at the site of Sunset Homes, the 1937-era federal housing project on 15th Street later renamed Cherry Tree Crossing. It’s a second partnership between Augusta Housing Authority and Walton Communities,...

Augusta’s decision to program millions of Transportation Investment Act dollars into the downtown streetscape hits a milestone this week with the release of concept drawings showing a radically altered downtown. Going for public review at three meetings scheduled this week, the images reveal a transformation of Broad, 13th and Sixth streets to pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares united by common features such as brickwork,...

Eight months after its board approved it, University Hospital finally has the state permission to go forward on a much-needed expansion of its Emergency Department. Part of that will be a separate unit for patients with behavioral health needs, which is a growing problem for emergency care nationwide. Other Augusta hospitals have expanded their ERs or will soon. University has already begun...

An Augusta-based investment group announced Wednesday it will build a Hyatt House hotel on the 1200 block of Broad Street — the second major downtown hotel announcement this week and Broad Street’s first new business-class hotel in decades. Construction on the five-story, limited-service hotel — which will have its own 140-space parking deck — could start as soon as December, said...

It's the minor details that distinguish North Augusta development Roundabouts, golf carts and even boat docks are some of the subtleties associated with the North Augusta Ballpark Village, previously code named Project Jackson. The potential amenities were part of a video presentation of the mixed-use development unveiled to the media last week. Although exact details are still being ironed out, North Augusta officials...

Augusta Riverfront LLC on Tuesday announced plans to build a new downtown hotel adjacent to the Augusta Convention Center after city commissioners approved leasing the hotel parking spaces and funding construction of a pedestrian bridge. "I said a long time ago, we're changing downtown Augusta," said Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront. "This will be the center of town, right here...