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Augusta redevelopment plan grows boundaries of “downtown”:


Downtown Augusta grew by leaps and bounds Monday in a document approved by the city planning commission.

The commission authorized adding Harrisburg, Olde Town, the medical district and the Laney-Walker district to the city’s downtown redevelopment master plan. Planning Director Melanie Wilson said the additions show developers “we have downtown residential neighborhoods,” with residents “within walking distance of the downtown area.”

City Planner Warren Richard said the additions align downtown’s boundaries with those of the Downtown Development Authority and shift downtown demographics. Under the new boundaries, downtown’s population grows from 2,618 to an estimated 19,701, and its median income increases from $14,988 to $24,656, Richard said.