The Big Idea: Maintain Broad Street as Augusta’s Main Street
Details: Broad Street is the heart of downtown with restaurants, shops, recreational opportunities and businesses. Starting in the summer of 2017, a new Hyatt House Hotel is being built on the 1200 block of Broad Street.
Broad Street was originally 300-feet wide! When General Oglethorpe established Augusta in 1736, he planned Augusta with 40 one-acre lots laid out with Broad Street and Fifth Street designed as the main streets. In the 1790s, the street width was reduced from 300 to 166 feet. From the nineteenth century to this day, Broad Street has continued to be one of Augusta’s most prominent streets.