- Central Downtown Core
- Augusta Canal Park Neighborhood
- Augusta Common
- Broad Street
- Convention Center
- Cyber in Augusta
- Lafayette Center
- Marbury Village
- Performing Arts Center
- Riverwalk (Award Winning)
- Saturday Market at the River
- East Augusta Riverside District
- Gateways & Corridors
- Harrisburg Medical Health Sciences District
- Laney Walker/Bethlehem
- North Augusta
- Westobou River Crossing & Higher Education/Civic District
View Gallery Central Downtown Core
Augusta's downtown core is the defining heart of the region's urban area and includes the city blocks bounded by 15th and 5th Streets, the riverfront and the Third Level of the Augusta Canal and North Augusta. This area includes the original shopping core for the entire region and, while constantly evolving with the expansion of the suburbs, it remains the center for many new restaurants, bars, specialty shopping and live entertainment including two new hotels being built in 2017. Downtown Augusta is also becoming a cyber hub. A Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center broke ground on 6/19/2017 and a ribbon cutting is expected in the summer of 2018 at the former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property. Many cyber companies are relocating to downtown Augusta to be close to this new center that will boast a "cyber range."
The urban core also boasts two downtown parks - The Augusta Common and Springfield Village Park. The Augusta Common hosts activities and festivals almost every weekend throughout the year. Springfield Village Park, with its two iconic sculptures, is being finalized and will showcase the historical Springfield Village and Springfield Baptist Church.
The downtown core remains a vital office district and a major center of employment for the region. Residential apartment/loft living is usually at 98% capacity, and new apartments/lofts in historic buildings are continually being built out.
The central downtown core is constantly evolving, and the projects delineated in the Master Plan are just a few of the current core activities.
Companies such as UNISYS are locating. Augusta University has been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Sibley Mill is being renovated to house Augusta-based IT firms and a data center, and the Governor promised Augusta a new cyber innovation and training center. That Center broke ground in June 2017 at the former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property on the Savannah River.
At the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center groundbreaking, it was announced that, due to the interest in the facility from the private sector, that the building would be expanded from $50 million to $60 million.
The owners of Sibley Mill are renovating the Mill to become a high-tech mixed-use magnet for the local cyber industry and a 10-megawatt data center.
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. Since the nineteenth century to this day, Broad Street has continued to be one of Augusta's most prominent streets.
The Convention Center is an expansion to the city-owned conference center within Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites on Augusta's Riverwalk that overlooks the Savannah River. The main floor is at street level on Reynolds Street and the second level lines up with the conference level of the Marriott, allowing guests to walk from the conference center down a hallway to the convention center.
Augusta voters approved funding for this Center.
In December 2010, the Augusta Commission approved adding two additional levels to the Convention Center Parking Deck increasing the number of available spaces from 450 to 650. The Parking Deck opened on 9/23/2011.
The Market has grown since 2003 and moved to various locations before finding its new home at 8th and Reynolds Streets next to he historic Cotton Exchange and on the Savannah River.
The Market's success is seen as the vendors grow and the duration of the Market increases. The season durations have grown from two months in 2003 to almost 10 full months in 2014.
The Market was also envisioned as a business incubator. Entrepreneurial vendors, after starting and developing their fledgling businesses at the Market, have opened individual businesses and restaurants in the urban area,
On 11/9/1984, A ceremony for the groundbreaking for Lafayette Center was held. At the groundbreaking, federal HUD funding for this project was presented to the Mayor. This block was considered to be the most deteriorated block of Broad Street when the project was started, and was deemed an important first priority project in the City's first true master plan developed by the American City Corporation.
On 1/21/1986, Augusta Tomorrow, Inc. held the dedication of the Lafayette Center. Bankers First anchored one end of the block at 10th and Broad Streets and the YMCA building (42,000 sq. ft. for corporate offices and 20,000 sq. ft. for a health club) anchored the other end of the block at McCartan and Broad Streets. In all, 5 historic buildings were totally remodeled including the oldest structure remaining on Broad Street.
When Lafayette visited Augusta in 1825, the city united in an incredible spirit of celebration. The 1986 dedication recalled that memorable event and Augusta's historic spirit of unity and civic pride.
Lafayette Center was the largest restoration project in the State of Georgia up to that point. The result was a $10 million historic rehabilitation project of 12 historic downtown buildings undertaken by Bankers First, a member of Augusta Tomorrow.
Due to the huge investment that they had made to renovate the Lafayette Center block in downtown Augusta, Bankers First was the recipient of a Best Overall Project award from The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for its work on the Lafayette Center. As CEO of Bankers First, Osteen accepted the award. This marked the first large project of many in Augusta Tomorrow's history.
Redevelop the center median of Broad Street to accommodate restaurants and retail and serve as a steppingstone from one side of Broad Street to the other.
Convert Ellis Street and the rear area of private buildings into coordinated surface parking area. Develop mid-block connections where possible to Greene Street.
Along Reynolds and Jones Streets, consider building a new grocery store.
More recently, this idea has been divided into components with discussions surrounding a symphony hall performing arts center separate from the other development as funding and property become available.
Discussions about the need for a state-of-the-art performing arts center was at the heart of many community meetings prior to the development of this Urban Area Master Plan. Residents voiced over and over again that Augusta needed a world-class performing arts center while maintaining the current arts district and unique venues.
Development of a performing arts center will require city and state resources in addition to private funding.