The Augusta Housing & Community Development Department announced that it has recently sold two additional homes in Heritage Pine, the flagship development for Laney Walker/Bethlehem and is about to break ground in the coming weeks on three new housing starts.


The Augusta-Richmond Public Library is proud to host an award winning show of photographs and memorabilia depicting the history of the Chinese community in Augusta. At noon on May 12th, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of Augusta will open the exhibit by presenting the library with a collection of oral histories from elders in the community. The exhibit will be open to the public on May 12th from noon to 4:00pm in the main library’s auditorium.


The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACGG) has just selected Augusta-Richmond County as one of its 2012 Counties of Excellence, based upon its efforts revitalizing Laney Walker/Bethlehem. The awards program, in its seventh year, is carried out in partnership with Georgia Trend, with applicants evaluated by a panel of outside experts.


The Morris Museum of Art is presenting Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, as part of its Southern Circuit Film Series, Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m. This film follows acclaimed director and choreographer Bill T. Jones as he and his company create their most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial. Premiering on the heels of Jones’s Tony Award for Fela! and 2010 Kennedy Center Honor, A Good Man is a window on the creative process and the creative crisis felt by an artist as he explores what it means to be a good man, a free man, and a citizen. After viewing the movie, enjoy a question-and-answer session with directors Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn.


The City of Augusta, in conjunction with its Housing & Community Development Department, has just released a request for qualifications to pre-qualified developers for Laney Walker/Bethlehem to develop up to three distinct catalytic projects in Augusta’s urban core, namely: adaptive reuse of the historic Penny Savings Bank, adaptive residential reuse of the historic St. Benedict’s Convent, and a new residential development at Foundry Place, located at the junction of R.A. Dent and Wrightsboro Road.
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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is presenting the work of Southern Observatory, a group of female artists working in a variety of media from printmaking to ceramics and painting. Now through March 31.


The newly updated Augusta Tomorrow website is up and running, featuring details about The Westobou Vision, downtown Augusta’s Master Plan.


Mayor Deke Copenhaver received an Honorable Mention as one of the 2012 Heroes of the New South by Southern Living Magazine for his role in spearheading the revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem.


Water flows again in the third level of the Augusta Canal in the historic Laney Walker/Bethlehem district. This area, the site of a coal gas plant during the late 19th Century, will soon have a multi-use trail including a walking trail, benches and signs explaining significant historic sites and events in the district.


Sponsorship opportunities available for the 2nd Annual Blocks are Beautiful celebration of community, taking place at the heart of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization area, on Pine Street, Saturday, April 28th. More details to come.

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