New mall in discussion for Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY. (WRDW/WAGT) – The Columbia County Planning Commission is considering a new mall on Columbia Road.

We have a first look at plans and a possible layout for the storefront at the intersection of Hereford Road and Lewiston Road

We spoke to the developer of the project and a neighbor of the project.

“I saw him grow up a bit. I was here when it was all wood,” said Four Oaks resident Rudy Altman.

Altman has lived in the area for 17 years and just retired from the military in August. He lives in Four Oaks, and his wooded backyard could become a mall.

“I think it’s good for the community. It brings jobs that we need. They are definitely going to have to widen Columbia Road and probably do some work on Hereford Farm,” he said.

The map of what is called “McAlhaney Square” shows a parking lot with four buildings. The largest is labeled as retail/grocery and is nearly 29,000 square feet. It would be bordered by the Four Oaks Subdivision and the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church.

TR Reddy, developer of McAlhany Square, said: “Behind the church and the mall you see a lot of new homes. More and more development is going in this direction.

Reddy is a longtime developer at Augusta.

He’s in charge of the Holiday Inn on Broad Street. He is due to speak at the June 2 planning commission meeting, reviewing the project and taking suggestions.

They will do a traffic study and publish other designs within two to three months. New development in a growing area but we will wait to see if these roads can handle more.

Altman said, “It’s a growing city, and I like that, but I just think they need to add more sidewalks and make it more pedestrian-friendly.”

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