Wendy's coming to town and Dollar General will have brand new location

Augusta is buzzing with new construction on the West Seventh Ave. Corridor and on North Ohio Street.
A new Wendy’s restaurant is planned for the southeast corner of 7th Ave, and Lulu Street, location of the former Patty’s Place restaurant.  
The planning for this project began in 2016 and has evolved through several different design concepts.  
Augusta Assistant Manager Cody Sims advised that throughout the project, city staff worked with the developer’s design team, Baughman & Company, who was responsible for subdividing Appcon Second Addition into two buildable lots to meet the needs.
“Baughman and Company also produced the overall drainage plan for the addition, as well as a utility plan that will extend new sanitary sewer and water infrastructure to service both commercial lots of Appcon Second Addition,” Sims said.
He further explained that once the Wendy’s concept was identified, city staff also worked with K.E. Miller Engineering of Wichita, who serves as the project engineer.  K.E. Miller Engineering is responsible for all of the site engineering, which design reviews, the planning and zoning process for Wendy’s concluded last month.
An inspection and review of architectural and engineering plans, and water/wastewater infrastructure plans are currently being reviewed by KDHE for approval.  Once contractors have been selected for the construction, required licenses and permits will be issued.
Updates on the anticipated restaurant opening  will be published in the Times-Gazette.
New look and new location for Dollar General
Another commercial construction project at 1612 N. Ohio Street in front of the old Walmart store, is currently underway.  The free standing Dollar General retail store will replace the current store at the Plaza Shopping Center on W. 7th.
The city was first contacted about the project last October by Abein & Associated Architects, P.A. of Overland Park.
Sims explained that in order for the  project to move forward, the existing Walmart site had to be re-platted into a two-lot subdivision.  City staff members worked with the architect and design team throughout the planning and zoning process to make sure the development conforms to the adopted zoning and subdivision regulations in place in Augusta.
The planning and zoning process ended in July and after the review of the architectural and engineering plans, construction began at the beginning of this month.
The new Dollar General store is expected to open this fall.