NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) - Commercial developers are laying the groundwork for businesses to relocate to South Carolina's riverfront.
Just this week, a new 1,400 acre commercial and residential development was announced in North Augusta. The new commercial space could be the answer for business owners looking to move or expand. Joel Presley says having the infrastructure in place is a huge appeal to potential tenants.
The owner of Presley Realty tells WJBF NewsChannel 6 there's talk about Augusta-area businesses relocating to North Augusta and he knows just the place.
"So Highland Springs is 1,400 acres," he said.
The development, coming to Exit 22 off Interstate 5-20, will have a similar feel to Riverwood Plantation in Columbia County.
Much like the shopping center in Evans, Highland Springs will be a community of nearly 1,500 homes with access to a commercial center featuring restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and just south of the development a new elementary-middle school.
Presley says the development differs from Riverwood in terms of outdoor living. It will have nearly 200 acres of green space, with parks and trails for residents.
"So good schools, good quality of life, the things that people want right where they live in their neighborhood." Presley told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
As WJBF NewsChannel 6 previously reported, the Washington Square Shopping Center in Augusta was purchased for $20 million dollars. Presley says it wouldn't surprise him to see those big-box retailers look to relocate across the river, because tenants are already doing it now.
Metro-to-Go, was formerly located on Broad Street in Downtown Augusta, but the market has found a new home off the booming Exit 5, off Interstate 20, in North Augusta.
"Neighborhood growth combined with wonderful access for traffic has positioned us to be ready now to see those retailers and businesses come, and be able to sustain, and be successful here." Presley said.
Highland Springs will be developed in phases, groundbreaking for phase one will happen within the next 6 months.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.
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