Chair: Mr. Clay Boardman
The Harrisburg area extends from Lake Olmstead through portions of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, King and Sibley Mills and Chaffee Park to 15th Street. The Harrisburg Implementation Team is addressing various recommendations in the master plan including the following:
- Kroc Center - The Team provided input as the Augusta Kroc Center was being developed and built. Now open, the Kroc Center is a marvelous testament to the efforts of the Augusta community.
- Ongoing Broad Street Housing Renovation - In 2010, the Team established an Augusta branch of The Fuller Center for Housing. The branch was established with the mission of rehabbing Harrisburg's housing stock through volunteer labor and selling the homes to responsible, low-income families. Several houses are currently being rehabbed through this initiative now called Turn Back the Block.
- Sibley Mill Redevelopment - In August 2010, the Augusta Canal Authority purchased the historic Sibley Mill from Avondale Mills and is stabilizing the Mill (removing contaminated soil, asbestos and lead-based paint) for future development.
- Harrisburg Blueprints for Successful Communities Project - The Augusta Tomorow board with many other Augusta organizations made a substantial investment in this project, a program of the Georgia Conservancy and completed with Georgia Conservancy staff and Georgia Tech professors and graduate students. A major emphasis of the Blueprints Project is community involvement to enhance the community. The final report will provide specific recommendations to move the Harrisburg community forward in the context of the Master Plan.
The Market Creation Project proposed for this district is the Harrisburg Canal Village to be developed along the First Level of the Augusta Canal between Chaffee Park and 15th Street with nearly a mile of high quality waterfront. This is proposed as a new mixed-use retail and residential center. It is envisioned that the Harrisburg Canal Village will be bordered by tree lined pathways providing a direct access to the water. A canal-side greenway network would provide a direct connection to the downtown urban core.