COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - At least 20 years ago, a vision to pump life back into Uptown Columbus was born.
Now, that plan is becoming a reality as with new shops, eateries, apartments and concerts make Uptown Columbus home.
A cornerstone in that project is the addition of a new high-rise apartment by the W.C. Bradley Company. They announced the construction of more than 200 apartment, retail space and outdoor living area between the 13th street bridge and 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge.
From new storefronts, the Riverwalk, and places like Kilwins, the look of Uptown Columbus is changing.
"We've had a lot of activity in this store. More business than we could ever imagine," said Matthew Moore, owner of Kilwins.
For the past 10 weeks, the confection shop has been serving goodies to a population that was ready for it.
"Twenty years ago, it was almost nothing here, so this is very nice," said one Columbus resident Rosie Schmitt.
"I think it's awesome, I think the growth in it has been really good, and it's really needed for the town. I love it down here," said Rebecca Benefield, who is new to the area.
From university expansions, dining, shopping, leisure activities and even living, through the years, Uptown Columbus has become a revived hub of action and excitement in the community.
"All this synergy is coming together, and it's really a good time for uptown, and a great time for Columbus, in terms of the things that are happening," said Director of Planning Rick Jones.
Jones says the redevelopment of the area has been ongoing for 30 plus years. He also says it's not just Uptown Columbus that is experiencing this rebirth and revitalization, but the entire city.
"There are just a lot of good things going on in Columbus in terms of new developments and new improvements, and again, I think we are going to see a lot more of this in the near future," said Jones.
Besides the new apartments, two hotels, more specialty shops, and restaurants are all expected to make Uptown Columbus home.