AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A century’s worth of history sits on Augusta’s door step. Sibley and King Mill are some of the oldest pieces, but for years both sat empty.
“We really hope that the mill district and Augusta Cyberworks becomes very much a destination,” said James Ainslie, CEO of Cape Augusta.
Cape Augusta’s plans are giving those mills new life. A year’s worth of work already transformed a portion of Sibley Mill into new workspace for EDTS with opportunities for more restoration at the larger mill right next door.
“We're looking at a mixed use residential, commercial, retail product here with 250 market rate apartments.” With 600,000 square feet of space, there's opportunity for even more than housing development. “This will essentially become a courtyard with retail and restaurants and coffee shops.”
Renderings show a live, work, and play destination, rooted in Augusta’s history. “It behooves us as developers, and entrepreneurs to really invest in the city, and we feel very strongly that this is part of a transformation for Augusta.” Past pieces of chipped paint and broken windows, King Mill is salvageable.
It's close to downtown and at the heart of what's already transforming into a cyber arena. “What that'll do it will rejuvenate Downtown Augusta. We're not going to see the kind of growth and expansion commercially in Augusta until we bring people into the city.”
Cape Augusta says they're still a little over a year away from breaking ground on this project. They expect to do that September of next year. They say it should take about a year and a half for this project to be complete.