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(AUGUSTA, GA)  Renovations are complete on the historic Emporium Building in downtown Augusta. This $3 million renovation on Broad Street incorporates energy efficient systems while maintaining original historic features. Additional information on Augusta’s downtown Master Plan is available at  www.augustatomorrow.org.

(AUGUSTA, GA) Augusta Housing Department taps 28 diverse, local and regional firms to revitalize Laney Walker/Bethlehem. Selection of the prequalified firms, including developers, builders, architects and engineers caps off a competitive two-year process aimed at building a team of the "best and brightest" to restore and transform Augusta’s urban core. www.heritagepineaugusta.com

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Lucy Craft Laney Museum and Paine College are jointly sponsoring a retrospective exhibit of visual artist Malaika Favorite, now through March 31. Favorite, currently residing in Augusta has been widely exhibited throughout the United States.

(AUGUSTA, GA) Turn Back the Block, an initiative started by the Augusta Tomorrow Harrisburg Implementation Team, is nearing completion of the first house rehab on Broad Street in Harrisburg and has started demo on the neighboring house. Turn Back the Block’s mission is to rehab housing stock in Augusta’s Harrisburg through volunteer labor and selling the restored homes to responsible, low-income families. http://augustatomorrow.org/ 

(AUGUSTA, GA) Augusta Housing Department announces development ramp-up along Wrightsboro Road corridor. Next phase of Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort intended to link flagship Heritage Pine development to catalytic projects at Twiggs Street, 12th Street, and R.A. Dent.  www.heritagepineaugusta.com

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Augusta Downtown Development Authority will cut the ribbon for the new 8th Street Stage Project on Tuesday March 15th at 11:30 at the 8th Street Bulkhead on the Augusta Riverwalk.  The public is invited to attend and enjoy hotdogs, lemonade and live entertainment from OPTIMOD is U2. This exciting new project includes a state of the art stage, swings, bike racks and picnic tables on the beautiful Savannah River.

(AUGUSTA, GA) The New Bethlehem Community Center announces the opening of its Clothing Center and Food Pantry, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The Center is also seeking volunteers needed to help with the community garden. For more information call (706) 722-0086.

(AUGUSTA, GA) Augusta Housing & Community Development Department (AHCDD) inaugurates a new website for Heritage Pine, the city’s flagship development for the overall revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem. The website is the first in a series of marketing initiatives intended to reach out to potential urban dwellers relocating to the Southeast.



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