Construction in north Columbus could help local businesses

COLUMBUS, GA - Dirt is moving in north Columbus for a couple of developments that some local businesses hope will bring in more customers.

Lain Stowe has seen a lot of changes in the nine years her business Sew Much Fun has been located off Veteran's Parkway in Columbus.

"When we first moved here there were trees in front of us, you couldn't even see the street and everything is cleared out and businesses just keep coming in and coming in," said Stowe.

Now, there is even more development coming to the area.

As soon as next year, 300 acres of land off Veterans Parkway just passed Williams Road will be called Old Town filled with 200 apartment units, retail space, homes, an event center, and chapel.

Lucy Jones with the Woodruff Development Company spoke with us over the phone Thursday about the project.

"It will be convenient to schools and shopping and restaurants, and we think this will generate more business and more shops and more restaurants, and it is just right in the heart of North Columbus. So, we couldn't ask for a better location, and it is going to offer a product that Columbus doesn't currently have," said Jones.

On Williams Road, the Allen Development Group is preparing to break ground on 200 homes called the Villas at Summit Pointe.

"People are coming back in from the further parts of Harris County because of gas and travel time. So, this still gives you a private place in north Columbus, but at the same time, you are within minutes of everything," said Stone.

John Cunningham, with Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson just across the road from both developments, says the projects have the potential to bring in more customers.

"This is where the Columbus area is moving as far as new developments. We're here to serve the customers, our future customers and if they live right across the street that is great," said Cunningham.

However0, even with if the developments do bring in more customers, the businesses owners we spoke with say they are concerned about increased traffic congestion in the area.

City officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation is working on a project to widen Veterans Parkway from Old Moon Road to Turnberry Lane.

Officials also say Williams Road has the potential to be widened or have improvement work.

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