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Columbia County Commissioners Reject Change to Controversial Apartment Complex in Evans

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Columbia County commissioners Tuesday rejected a developer’s request to build a ground-floor handicap-accessible apartment in a complex that was approved for second-floor apartments.

The rejection involved a proposed mix of office, retail and apartments at the Evans Trade Center at the corner of...

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  1. Commissioners speculated… maybe if they actually thought through something rather than “speculate” they would have figured out that even with an elevator, if someone in a wheelchair was on the second floor of a building and there was a fire or other emergency that shut said elevator down – how exactly would they safely exit the building? The CoCo needs to get over itself – “the mere existence …. is unsavory to the constituents?” You would think the developer asked to build a crack-house and not what is sure to be fairly high-end apartments.

        • 1. I’m sure they’re well aware of the limitations of elevators in a fire. (Marshall Square was less than seven years ago, and less than a mile from this site). But an elevator would be ADA-compliant, and creating handicap-accessible ground-floor units would eliminate the need for an elevator.
          2. The commissioner’s comment accurately, and diplomatically, reflects the views of the constituents who have voiced an opinion regarding apartments.
          Under those circumstances, and in the absence of the developer to provide explanations when needed, the commissioners’ critical-thinking skills seem to be working just fine.

  2. It seems every apartment developer deems his proposed complex will be “high end” This is an attempt to assuage those who view apartments negatively in terms of traffic congestion, school crowding and, ultimately, crime. The trajectory of “high end” apartments is downward. They start out as shiny, attractive developments and over the years, as new apartment complexes are built, this older enclave must reduce their rents to attract customers, which leads to a lower class of person. I recall some years ago that Sheriff Whittle said crime problems are exacerbated by apartment complexes. Those living in single family homes end up subsidizing apartment dwellers for the impact of traffic, schools and crime.

    • That seems like a broad assumption by the Sherriff and I can understand the point he was making – but the same can be said for neighborhoods. Neighborhoods that start out as middle or upper-middle class can go downhill as they houses get older and people move to newer or nicer locations. Look at the old Augusta Mall and South Augusta in general – in the 70’s that part of town was all shiny and a great place to live – not so much now. I am not sure anyone can build something that will be the same as “new” years down the road. I think we will see more development like this as the trend moves toward more work/play housing where people want to live closer to a city center and can walk to businesses and places to eat.

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