Upstate Business Journal‘s article on the upcoming Augusta Walk

augusta-picAfter input from the surrounding community, plans are being revised for Augusta Walk, a new 24-home subdivision on Augusta Street, on the property where the YWCA is currently located.

Executives from RealtyLink Development Properties, the commercial real estate company that is developing the property, met with representatives from the nearby Greater Sullivan Neighborhood Association, including City Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming, Judge Horace Butler and others. Based on their concerns, RealtyLink has revised and refined original site plans.

“Throughout the Augusta Walk planning process, RealtyLink has worked to engage the local community,” said RealtyLink Principal Phil Wilson. “Our goal as a company is to place emphasis on doing the right thing, for our city, and for all those invested in the outcome of the project.”

Concerns from the initial plan included an obtrusive, tall brick wall erected around the Augusta Walk development. Neighbors say they were concerned the wall would result in a “segregating element” between the proposed home sites and the Sullivan Neighborhood.

The amended site plans have now been changed to feature a shorter, decorative wrought-iron fence that matches existing community elements and promotes child- and pet-friendly fencing for buyers.

An electric gate also initially planned for the new development has now been removed. The development will not be gated.

Another concern was that the Augusta Walk neighborhood would be comprised of massive brick homes which do not reflect the City of Greenville’s master plan for the Sullivan Neighborhood. RealtyLink will now incorporate a mixture of brick and Hardie Board homes, “helping soften the overall streetscape, support the master plan and service the necessary price point.”

“Our desire is to protect the land on which Augusta Walk will be built, and to work hand-in-hand with our neighbors on building a better community,” said Wilson. “We intend to work with the City of Greenville to develop a plan for improving facilities of the neighborhood community center and beautifying park infrastructure.”

Augusta Walk will be situated on 3.7 acres. Homes will be 2,500-3,000 square feet and two to three stories with alleyways and garages in the rear and porches in the front. The community will be “nicely landscaped, with sidewalks and gas lanterns.”

Homes are expected to be in the $700,000 to $800,000 range and will be custom-built from “five or six plans” by the community’s exclusive builder, Rembrey Homes. All yard maintenance will be taken care of by the neighborhood.

Site construction is expected to begin July 1 with home construction to begin in October. The existing YWCA building will be demolished.

RealtyLink has retained Redhype, a branding and digital agency, to “properly represent the developer in relations with news media and the community.”