- Central Downtown Core
- East Augusta Riverside District
- Gateways & Corridors
- Harrisburg Medical Health Sciences District
- Augusta University
- Harrisburg Blueprints Project: Georgia Conservancy
- Harrisburg Canal Village - Market Creation Project
- Kroc Center
- Turn Back the Block
- University Hospital
- Laney Walker/Bethlehem
- North Augusta
- Westobou River Crossing & Higher Education/Civic District
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The Harrisburg Medical Health Sciences District encompasses the old mill village of Harrisburg and the downtown medical area that includes Augusta University Health Science Campus with the Medical College of Georgia, University Hospital and the downtown Veterans Administration Hospital. The Harrisburg and medical districts flow into each other and development at any point in this large area affects the entire District.
The first community workshop was held on 2/5/2011, and the second on 3/11/2011. The workshops were facilitated by the Blueprints Team and Georgia Tech students and faculty who were the face and workforce behind the project. Harrisburg's challenges, hot issues and strengths were discussed at the meetings.
The planning study on-site work ran through May 2011. Working within the structure of the 2009 Urban Area Master Plan, the final deliverable by the students was actual recommendations for completing projects as outlined in the Master Plan.
In February 2012, "Reclaiming Historic Harrisburg, Augusta, Georgia was unveiled to the Augusta community. This was the culmination of the Blueprints Project and provided the Harrisburg Community with real life implementation suggestions for making positive changes in Harrisburg.
The First Level of the Augusta Canal from Chaffee Park eastward (toward downtown) to the historic Archibald Butt Bridge offers nearly a mile of high quality waterfront. An up-scale, European-styled canal village is proposed for the south side of the Augusta Canal that would also allow more direct access to the water.
At Broad Street, the village would flow into a new neighborhood center of mixed historic and site-appropriate construction. Retail development would be supported by the combination of new surrounding residential and increased street traffic along the Broad Street corridor.
In summary, this Market Creation Project would consist of building residential units along the south side of the first level of the Augusta Canal, create a new 80,000 square foot commercial center along Broad Street, re-establish canal pathways, improve the Broad Street streetscape, relocate power lines and re-use Sibley Mill and King Mill.
In 2013, the Augusta Canal Authority started working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for funding to oversee clean-up on the contaminated portions of Sibley Mill. The clean-up was completed in early 2016.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta's vision is to provide excellent programs, facilities and services that will promote positive life changing experiences for all people of the Greater Augusta Area.
In 2004, the estate of Joan Kroc made the largest single bequest ever to a charitable organization ($1.7 billion) to The Salvation Army earmarked to build and endow Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the United States. Nationally, The Salvation Army studied the bequest to determine if the Kroc Centers prescribed parameters were in keeping with the Salvation Army's overall mission. It was determined the centers, once built, had the potential to increase The Salvation Army's ability to serve more people and was not in opposition to the existing mission: To conduct a ministry to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Augusta's Kroc Center Story:
In 2006, The Salvation Army in Augusta gathered a coalition of partners to make application for and was awarded the authorization to develop a Kroc Center. The approved proposal brought $33.9 million for construction and $33.9 million for an operational endowment, provided Augusta raised another $30 million for the endowment. The Salvation Army earmarked sufficient funds from its operations budget in Augusta to reduce the new money required to be raised locally from $30 million to $20 million. The campaign ended with over $22 million raised for the operating endowment, and The Salvation Army in Augusta received funding in the amount of $33.9 million for a community center and a permanent operations endowment of over $55 million.
The Salvation Army's Kroc Corps Community Center building includes over 100,000 square feet of programming space with a 77,000 square foot complex located on a 17 acre site in the historic mill community of Harrisburg. Nestled along the Augusta Canal, the center campus is comprised of one main building designed to complement the nearby Sibley Mill and King Mill and a 10,000 square foot building that houses the First Stop Family Service Center. In addition, there is an expansive park space. Several historic homes and even an historic church were renovated to become part of the programming on the campus.
In August 2010, the Augusta-Harrisburg Fuller Center for Housing, branding their initiative as "Turn Back the Block," sponsored the first Block Party workday.
In November 2011, "Turn Back the Block" sold their first home. On 4/26/2013, the second home was sold.
On 2/3/2016, AU unveiled its new master plan. Included in that master plan is transforming both the health sciences campus and the Summerville Campus. One of the biggest changes is moving the College of Science and Mathematics from the Summerville Campus to the Health Sciences campus.
On 9/15/2015, the Georgia Regents University name was officially changed to Augusta University by the Georgia Board of Regents.
On 4/1/2015, Augusta University (AU) hosted a groundbreaking for a new 724-bed student dormitory complex on the Health Sciences Campus (downtown campus).
On 10/16/2014, grand opening of Education Commons Building that reflects a new way of teaching and learning. Every feature of the new building was built with the aim of modernizing education.
2/06/2010/ grand opening of Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center.