Bringing more people to Uptown Columbus

White Water project

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As crews continue working on the whitewater project, people living and working in Uptown Columbus are celebrating the completion of a different project: a new luxury apartment complex.

Crews are hard at work installing the next big part of the whitewater project on the Chattahoochee River.

This is just the first of two pieces of the wave shaper that will do just what its name says: shape the waters here in the river for White Water.

"It is about 34 feet long and weighs about 17,000 pounds. Next week, we'll have a little heavier piece that will come in that weighs about 24 thousand pounds," said Richard Bishop with Uptown Columbus, Inc.

Bishop says this is all part of finishing the work on the Georgia channel, and they hope to have the demolition here and the waver shaper complete by January.

"We will tune it at the different flows of the river and once we get it fine tuned to where we all want it to flows, we'll lock it down and that's where it will stay," said Bishop.

This was not the only excitement on the river Friday with the opening of 44 new luxury apartments at the Eagle and Phenix Mill No. 2.

Leah Braxton with W.C. Bradley Company Real Estate says she hopes the new apartments along with the white water project will bring even more people to Columbus.

"There's not a great community in America that's not known for its downtown, uptown area. If you forget the heart of your community then you probably don't have a vibrate community," said Braxton.

Bishop says something this can only help boost Uptown as a whole and bring even more hype to the whitewater project.

"One of the things that we really need to do in Uptown Columbus is get more people living down here. And, having somebody here 24-7 really supports new restaurants and new retail," said Bishop.

The whitewater rafting course is projected to be finished in January.

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