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North Augusta, South Carolina, located directly across the Savannah River from Augusta, is an integral part of Augusta's urban core and the Urban Area Master Plan. North Augusta and Augusta are each critical to the other's economic health and current revitalization. A short drive across either the 13th Street Bridge or the 5th Street Bridge allows North Augusta and Augusta residents to work, play and purchase goods in both cities. The Savannah River is not a deterrent to development on both sides of the River, but has become the main street between the two cities.

North Augusta is busy developing a vibrant urban core with shopping, residential, a new hotel and a stadium that will be home to the Augusta GreenJackets baseball team. The name of this new complex is Riverside Village at Hammond's Ferry (formerly Project Jackson).

The Big Idea: A mixed-use riverfront development
Cost: $183 Million
Time: 5-6 years
Details: Work started on this project in December 2012. In January 2013, the North Augusta City Council approved a resolution to support "Project Jackson," a $183 million mixed-use 25 acre riverfront development that includes a new stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, a 225-room hotel, restaurants, townhouses, a 20,000 square foot conference center and a parking garage. In January, 2017, Project Jackson received final approval for development from the North Augusta City Council, and site development started in earnest during first quarter 2017. The GreenJackets are looking forward to opening at the new stadium when they start their 2018 season.
Progress: Ground cleared in 2016. Building starting in 2017. Anticipated GreenJackets opening game at the new stadium in 2018.
Details: Hammond's Ferry in North Augusta incorporates the planning features of a walk-able and mixed-use neighborhood of single and multi-family dwellings with the classic architecture of historic Southern cities. Located on the banks of the Savannah River, Hammond's Ferry is a public-private project with LeylandAlliance, Westo Development Company and the City of North Augusta. The 195-acre riverfront setting includes a mixed-use town center with retail, restaurant, office and residential development, pedestrian walkways and public parks including access to the North Augusta Greeneway.

Through the years the project has been altered and interrupted by a number of surprises, such as barrow pits, thousands of waste bricks, environmental issues, and an archaeological find.

Currently, Hammond's Ferry is full of activity with many new homes being built around the town center. An authentic French restaurant is one anchor of the town center and is a gathering place for residents of this unique development.
Progress: Phase I is completed. Work has begun on Phase II.
Details: The commercial space at the corner of West Buena Vista Avenue and Georgia Avenue follows good urban design practice with regard to its siting, which reinforces the traditional urban "street wall."

Jackson Square's grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred in September 2007. Jackson Square is a two-story office and retail complex built in a neo-traditional style designed to complement downtown North Augusta.

Jackson Square signaled a new focus on downtown North Augusta development and is a part of the North Augusta Town Center Market Creation Project. Jackson Square is now home to a number of businesses.
Progress: Project completed.
Details: The North Augusta Municipal Center overlooking historic North Augusta and the Savannah River, opened 6/29/2009.

Preliminary planning for the Municipal Center began in 2002. the land was purchased in 2005 and construction began in 2007. The building was designed to grow with the City through the current century.

The North Augusta Municipal Center is an anchor for the North Augusta Town Center.
Progress: Project complete. The Municipal Center grand opening took place on 6/29/2009.
The Big Idea: A town center to be created around the Municipal Building.
Cost: Approximately $50 million private funds, $50 million public funds (in 2009 dollars).
Time: 5 to 10 years
Details: Create a vibrant main street down Georgia Avenue through a restored historic park, with additional streetscaping, a mid-rise hotel of 100 rooms with conference center and commercial retail space.
Progress: Much development has happened on the North Augusta Town Center Market Creation Project. This is a complex project with many pieces. It includes the Municipal Building (completed), Hammond's Ferry (Phase I complete), Jackson Square (completed), and the additional ongoing development on Georgia Avenue.
The Big Idea: Strategically located. With thoughtful development atop the bluff, this area can have a major impact on the city.
Time: Undetermined
Details: This region consists of large swaths of rolling, forested undeveloped land atop the bluff. The proximity to the golf course and riverfront community as well as the North Augusta Greeneway makes East Buena Vista Avenue an important 'image-making' roadway into the Town Center.

The extensive frontage along East Martintown Road provides opportunity for a large scale retail center to be sited in this area. Also, with the completion of the I-520 extension to I-20, this interchange at the eastern end of this district is going to become a major gateway into both Augusta and North Augusta.

Because of the high potential of this area, it is recommended that current zoning be reviewed and modified and urban design guidelines should be drawn up to take full advantage of this area. The Master Plan sets forth an initial set of recommendations for this East Buena Vista Village to include large retail shopping, single-family and higher residential development and an overlook with connections to the Greeneway and Hamburg on the river.
Progress: Future development.