Evans Towne Center has been talked about for years, and now people are finally seeing it come out of the ground. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for The Plaza at Evans Towne Center. It will be built on the empty land currently across from Evans Towne Center Park and near the old Marshall Square. The turn of a shovel marks the beginning of big development transforming the heart of Columbia County into something it never had, the beginning of construction on phase one of a $60 million dollar investment. In Columbia County, just past Lady A Pavilion, towering over the park, it’s hard not to notice progress. It’s been a vision to have a Downtown Columbia County or Downtown Evans for a while.
The Plaza will feature restaurants, professional space, and retail. The project will be built by R.W. Allen Construction and the property will be managed by Meybohm Commercial. One of the buildings includes a rooftop terrace, and the one thing county leaders are sure won’t be a problem is parking. Both on street parking along with a parking deck, 2,000 parking spaces in all. It’s a project years in the making that will create a brand new downtown. According to a rendering on the Meybohm Commercial website, in addition to professional space and “top-level” retail in the “walkable lifestyle center,” the center will also have a Performing Arts building, specialized restaurants, and will feature parks and green space. Meybohm also manages West Town Shopping Center in Martinez and the Riverwood Town Center in Evans.
The project will be built in phases, and county leaders believe the project will be completed in a few years as retailers and investors roll in. But once completed, there’s a chance that people would see some more traffic. With the Plaza at Evans Towne Center showing progress, some drivers say it’s going to be getting crowded on nearby roads. If improvements are to be made, they would be controlling the traffic light at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Drive and Washington Road.
The first portion of the plaza is expected to be complete in April. As the plaza grows, the next piece of that puzzle is about to get off the ground — a new indoor performance venue.
The big draw, the Performing Arts Center, is expected to be complete in 2019.