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Builders propose new living, retail space in north Columbus

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - The Woodruff Company will soon make a town within a town, if Columbus City Council votes to rezone more than 280 acres in North Columbus

The development called Old Town will be near the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Williams Road in North Columbus.  The plan is to build in phases and include retail shops, restaurants and office space. There will also be room to live with the addition of houses and apartments.

[SLIDESHOW: New development coming to north Columbus]

Columbus Council member Glenn Davis said, "I do not think we have experienced this level of development before in Columbus."

Included in Old Town will be a town hall, greenhouse, and general store.

Developers told FOX 54 that their hope is for people will leave their cars in park and begin walking to work or to get their groceries.  They explained, "The connectivity is an important point of the entire planning and design process."

Also in the plan are roads that connect easily to a Columbus elementary, middle and high school.

Even though they say this neighborhood will be self sustaining, at some point the residents will want to venture out, meaning more traffic to an already congested area.

"I think the city is a little ahead of the curve in dealing with traffic and potential traffic related issues," said Davis.  He mentioned the road widening project on Moon Road is almost complete. And, a road widening of Williams Road from Veterans Parkway to the railroad tracks has already been approved by the Department of Transportation.

The development will come in a three phase process that is estimated to take eight to twelve years to complete.

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